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:
- 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.
- Transferring your data (documents, music, internet favorites and pictures) from your old compuer to your new one.
- Setup of email and transfer of old emails, contacts and calendars.
- 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?
- Setting up the new computer on your network and configuring it to run with the Internet, printers etc.
- 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.