Hidden Costs of Purchasing a New Computer

Your computer just stopped working and you may think it will be cheaper and better to go for a new computer rather than get it repaired. Seems like a logical choice as a new computer may only be slightly higher than the repair. For the average home user, all they need to do is just plug it in and go everything will work ok won’t it?

Setting up a new computer and transferring the data can make the cost of a new computer blow out. Plus there are other gotcha’s you need to be aware of. Here is a list of things to be aware of that can add to the cost of a new computer:

  1. Peripherals. If you have an old peripheral such as a scanner or printer is it may not run under newer operating systems. Thus you may need to buy a new device or have us help find the right software for you.
  2. Transferring your data (documents, music, internet favorites and pictures) from your old compuer to your new one.
  3. Setup of email and transfer of old emails, contacts and calendars.
  4. Software such as antivirus / security programs, MS Office, finance packages etc. Do you still have the CD’s or activation codes for all your software or will you need to buy new versions?
  5. Setting up the new computer on your network and configuring it to run with the Internet, printers etc.
  6. Time to learn a new operating system and software.

Cloud based applications like email, finance packages etc may make the setup easier but there are still lots of potential issues you need to be aware of.There are also other factors not listed above that can may be unique to your situation so double check things with your IT consultant before making the plunge.

This entry was posted in Tips & Tricks by David Perkovic. Bookmark the permalink.

About David Perkovic

David founded DP Computing in 1993. With a Computer Science degree and over 25 years of IT experience David has advanced computer, server and networking skills. He has personally designed, setup and administered many Microsoft based networks and likes to share his knowledge via blog posts and Youtube videos.

12 thoughts on “Hidden Costs of Purchasing a New Computer

  1. I think the biggest problem people face when buying a new computer is printer or scanner drivers, At least with transfer data people can do that them selves and save money but if printer manufacturer companies don’t have the drivers then it’s extra cost of buying a new one.

  2. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back. ebcgdkcgfgfdceka

  3. I do believe all of the ideas you’ve offered for your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for newbies. May just you please extend them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

  4. Wonderful work! This is the kind of info that are meant to be shared across the internet. Disgrace on the search engines for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and consult with my website . Thank you dkeadedgfeee

    *** Service disabled. Check account status. Antispam service cleantalk.org. ***

  5. Great website! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am taking your feeds also kbcdbackddcccekg

  6. I was looking through some of your blog posts on this internet site and I conceive this web site is rattling informative ! Keep on posting . dgaeabfddbkfgdfk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *