Think about how much office technology has changed over just the last 10 years. Remember those bulky, 60-pound CRT monitors? Remember thinking a 32” screen was a TV, not a computer monitor? While you more than likely have replaced those old computer monitors, what is the status of your computer hardware? If you purchased your computer at the same time as that monitor, your hardware is also extremely outdated. How do you know exactly how old your computer is, and when it’s nearing retirement?
When your computer ages, it begins to slow down. When your computer begins to slow down, so does productivity. Let’s dive into how you can determine the age of your computer.
Most computers will have an identification number, and typically a date associated with it. Most of the time these are right on the case. If there’s no date provided with the serial number, a quick search will typically give you a general idea of its age.
You can also check the components on your computer - but not by opening the case. You can do this by using the system information tool on your desktop. In the Search Windows box, type in “sysinfo” or sometimes just System Information. In the window that appears, you will be able to access plenty of information to help you date the machine in question. For instance, if the BIOS of the device has never been upgraded, the date will likely tell you how old your computer is.
This dating process will give you a better idea of whether your computer’s latency is related to its age, or some other issue.
There are numerous signs that signify your computer should be retired. While some of these are obvious, some are less detectable. Let’s start with the obvious.
It is highly recommended that devices be upgraded every 4 years. Outdated hardware and software leave your business more susceptible to security threats, and device failure. Our experts at KT Connections have the contacts to help you procure the equipment you need to sustain, and improve productivity. Call us at 605-341-3873 to learn more information.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.