Savvy Computing
Easing the Move from Old Computer to New

March 2002
by Reid Goldsborough

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The only constant with computer technology is change. No matter how comfortable you are with your current PC, at some point you’ll need to move on to a new one.

 

Perhaps you want to use programs that won’t run on your old PC. Perhaps you’ve run out of hard disk space and memory. You could upgrade or replace these components, but with a computer more than three or four years old, it’s often better to buy a new system.

 

“Migrating” to a new PC can range from hellish to exhilarating, depending largely on how well you prepare. This is true whether you’re dealing with one PC or several hundred.

 

Considering Compatibility

First, check if you can use your old programs and hardware peripherals with any new computer you’re thinking about purchasing.

One key is the new computer’s operating system. Check the Web site of the operating system vendor. Microsoft, for instance, lets you search the “Windows Catalog” to see if programs and peripherals are compatible with its new Windows XP operating system. You can also check the Web sites of the software and peripheral vendors.

 

If a program or peripheral is incompatible, all is not lost. Though it will cost you, upgrading a program usually brings added benefits. With peripherals, sometimes you can overcome compatibility obstacles.

 

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