Christmas shopping and end of the year business purchases tend to be reasons why people upgrade their PCs. Do you need some reasons on why you should consider NOT to buying a PC this year? Or some alternatives to upgrading the one that you already have? Check out the email I was sent for some helpful tips on fixing what you have now…
After all, money’s tight this year – according to some sources, average holiday spending budgets are down 15% to $750.
PCs, especially laptops, are at the top of the wish list for consumer electronics. But nearly 25% of the people who want one think they need one because their current computer is losing steam. (Facts from the CEA – parent of CES)
Combine this with a statistic from IDC stating that this year, the average price of a notebook ($888) exceeds the average person’s holiday budget, and it becomes clear that many people will be hard-pressed to fulfill that wish list.
Instead of buying something new, how about checking for symptoms of poor performance on the machine you already have, and finding some easy fixes.
Sluggish PC performance, frequent printer failures, overall PC weirdness after something was downloaded or installed … like upgrade to XP or Vista? Or, free stuff (free computer even) that just never worked right. In some cases old device drivers, outdated BIOS, or even – going deep tech here – registry gunk often creates these kinds of problems.
Here are some sites that can help you resolve problems with device drivers, BIOS and registry issues:
You can get a diagnosis of what you have in your PC that needs fixing and use these services or go to individual manufacturers (though in some cases, you can’t and will have to use a service). You can even get a Vista-readiness scan. Check them out.