December 7th, 2021 by GSC Customer Care

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Nothing lasts forever, including your laptop. The number of years you can successfully keep using yours will depend on what you do with your laptop, how well you take care of it, and how it’s performing.

If you only use your laptop for basic tasks, then you’ll probably be able to get more years of operation from it than someone who uses theirs for intensive activities such as gaming or video editing. Laptops
used mostly at home, as opposed to outdoors, also tend to have a longer lifespan.

In general, you can expect to keep a budget laptop functioning for an average of three years. Higher-end models can last up to five years. In addition to keeping an eye on the calendar, though, watch out for changes in your laptop’s performance.

Signs of a Declining Laptop
If you experience any of the things below, it could be your laptop’s way of telling you, “I’m reaching the end of my useful life.” Pay attention to these signs:

  • It’s running slowly, lagging, and freezing. Or it takes longer to boot up and power down than it used to, and specific programs and apps take longer to load.
  • You have to force restart your laptop on a regular basis. This is not a good sign.
  • It randomly shuts down on you in the middle of tasks. Your laptop could be overheating because the system is too old to handle what you’re doing or the fan has given out. Either way, it’s a warning that something serious is going on.
  • You get the Blue Screen of Death. This is a big deal that indicates a problem with your laptop’s operating system. Take it to a trusted computer repair shop to see if it can be fixed or needs
    to be replaced.
  • There are incredibly long pauses. You may notice this when you’re trying to switch between one application and another, or between different tabs.

Other Reasons to Buy a New One
Even if your laptop seems to be working OK most of the time, there are other factors to consider when deciding whether or not to replace it:

  • It doesn’t meet the minimum system released by Microsoft for its latest iteration of Windows.
  • It cannot accept all software updates, leaving you more vulnerable to hackers, viruses, and malware.
  • It’s bulky in size and you’d like some thing easier and more convenient to carry around.
  • You’re starting a new job or phase of your life and want a new laptop to go with it.

Remember, it’s much better to plan ahead and thoroughly research your next laptop than wait until your current one dies completely and have to scramble to replace it. Also, make sure you regularly back up your data to the cloud or to an external storage device so your data will be ready to transfer to your new laptop when you get one.

How to Extend the Life of Your New Laptop
Once you take that bright and shiny replacement laptop out of the box— hopefully you’ve chosen a high-quality one —there are several steps you can take to help it last as long as possible:

  • Keep it clean. Dust and clean out your laptop regularly so the fans and cool ing systems don’t overwork.
  • Keep it cool. There’s a reason why computer labs are always so cold. Machines that are kept cool will last longer, so be mindful of temperatures whenever you’re using your laptop.
  • Keep your data in the cloud. This helps to free up space for different processes and games.

What else is great for a new laptop? A super-fast and reliable internet connection for your home! Call GSC today at 603-529-9911 to learn more about the speeds available in your area.