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How new a machine do I really need?

by waltl2 / February 4, 2016 11:07 AM PST

Dear Friends,

I am thinking about getting a new/old computer. I dropped mine a couple of days ago and it survived( with a crack in the case), That made me think that it might be best to retire this computer in working condition so I have a back-up and I have a working machine suited to running old programs. My current machine is 8 years old and has an Intel chip. How new a machine would I need to get to be relatively current.? By that I mean so that the hardware would not be incompatible with current software too soon. Do you have any suggestions?

My main activities are Word , Powerpoint ,Photoshop, browsing the internet, no video editing or gaming.

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Just last week we installed Office 2003 on Windows 10.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2016 11:21 AM PST
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It's time...
by Willy / February 5, 2016 9:18 AM PST

A 8yr. PC is ancient when using PCs, thus walk away from it but use as your backup. As for s/w and such, while some older s/w can still be installed and continue on, alot depends on just what it is. Alas, much of MS office modules are now installed as either a bundle or solo, again depending on which version you get, like 365 or 2016. Again, you're old office s/w should be installable provided no rules are broken for transfer to new PC. MS clearly explains all this at their website for each MS product. The real plus if you get a new PC from an OEM maker like Dell, etc., many offer the s/w bundle or at discount pricing to get you abroad and then renew annually. Just check the offering and /or what's offered, etc.. Also, other vendor sources can supply MS products or if you're a academic or corporate you may have costs lower or through 3rd party vendor route. Just be sure it's a trusted source.

tada -----Willy Happy

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