You Probably Don’t Need a New Computer — Here’s Why

2. You haven’t been maintaining your old computer

People use their laptop computers at a cafe in Beijing

If you haven’t been taking care of your current computer, you can probably speed it up with some easy maintenance. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

If your primary reason for shopping for a new computer is that your old one is too slow, then you may want to make sure that the slowness isn’t fixable. Have you been running antivirus scans? And have you been uninstalling unneeded software? How about clearing out unneeded files to free up hard drive space? Have you made sure that only the programs you need are starting up when you turn on the computer? And have you been keeping the operating system and all the apps you use up to date? If you’ve been neglecting your computer, you should perform some much-needed maintenance before deciding it’s time for a new computer. 

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