I am currently using a HP that is roughly 6-ish years old - and I am very happy with it. It has a 2.0 GHZ processor and runs HP. It is fast for what I need and want to do on it.
The fan has been randomly kicking up for a few seconds here and there (if I have a few tabs open and one is playing a video.) I took it off a few weeks ago and really cleaned it out well - it was caked on pretty well.
AT some point, I know that more than likely, it is going to die - so I need to be prepared to get a new machine.
I essentially have two questions:
1. What is the best way to back up EVERYTHING that I have to transfer it to the new machine - so I can make accessing that information as seamless as possible?
2. Through a company discount, I was able to get the 2010 full version of Microsoft Office for $10. I downloaded it and got the CD as well. I have never used the CD - and have been using the Office program for 4 years. . I don't want to give it up. I still want to be able to use and access those files. (Previous experiences with Open Office didn't leave me greatly thrilled.)
Can I get a newer machine with Windows 7, load that CD, and then transfer everything over with something like Carbonite or an external hard drive?
I have been on some computers that use Windows 8, and don't really care for it.
Just wanted to get your thoughts on this.
Thanks for being smarter than me,