I purchased a desktop PC in 2006. It is the only PC I have that can run a certain piece of software perfectly, while the newer laptops I bought, running Vista and 8, can't run it perfectly, something about Vista, 7, and 8 compatibility mode being garbage, but that isn't the point. The point is that I know that finding a legitimate copy of an older windows OS on the internet is hard to find, and I don't want to take any risks, so the best bet is to just keep on using that old PC that is currently 8 years old. I guess this is about both internal and external hardware as well.
My question is, going into the future, how many more years does this PC have left, and what can I do, without opening the case of the PC, to extend the life of this PC? How do I extend the life of the monitor, keyboard, and mouse of this PC as well? Are current monitors, keyboards, and mice compatible with an 8 year old PC? How about external hardware 10 years from now? 20 years from now?
Something like Turning it on when using it and turning it off when not, vs leaving it on 24/7, or any other tips that might keep that PC alive?
The PC is currently running windows XP SP3, and I just posted in a malware removal logs forums to check if there are any lingering viruses, and the person who helped me said it was clean. The computer is currently offline, but on, idle in the desktop screen. The computer was infected with malware in the past, but they have been cleaned out. The computer has Avira anti virus installed, and Comodo firewall installed. The likelihood of using an internet browser on that computer is close to 0% since I just browse the web on my newer laptops anyway. The computer is currently working fine, like the way it should be, but sooner or later, something is going to give, and since this computer is offline, and is clean, the most likely failure would be hardware failure. I want to prevent that from happening, so any tips to prevent hardware failure?
I know for a fact that desktop PC's and laptops can last over 15 years.
I have an 11 year old laptop that turns on and runs windows XP fine, but due to hardware defects, the thing shuts down by itself when it gets too hot, and it gets too hot too quick.
I have a 15 year old PC running windows 2000 that still works, but everytime it is off, it sometimes automatically turns on itself for 2 seconds and shuts back down. I had to retire that PC because of that. Could anyone explain the cause of that?
I have a 19 year old laptop that still runs fine, and uses windows 95.
I have a 22 year old 486 PC that can still turn on, and work as it always should. Finding a monitor or any external hardware compatible with it is another story.
Let's go back to my 8 year old PC. Let's take this scenario. If I turned off my PC for 11 days, turned it on for 24 hours on the 12th day, and turned it off for 11 more days, and turned it on for the 12th day for 24 hours and the cycle repeats, how long would the hardware in this PC last? Again, is it better to turn it on for 12 days straight, or have it off for 11 of the 12 days to keep the hardware alive longer? By 12 days, I mean each 12 day cycle.
Edited by hamluis, 13 May 2014 - 01:04 PM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to XP - Hamluis.