How to buy a used computer.
Get the make and model number
#1 Find out what year this computer
model came out.
Type into a GOOGLE search the computer model and the word
Note the date the article was posted, it will be very close to the
release of the computer.
( example: Dell Studio 540S, review )
type appwiz.cpl into START ...
or go to the control panel ... add / remove software
check avg. date of software installations .. that is propable
date computer was built
Find out basic computer information
... Windows version, 32 or 64 bit, CPU, memory ..
right click mouse on My Computer ...
hit Windows LOGO key (bottom left) and pause/break key (top
then do same procedure again ... except
right click mouse on C: find out
size of hard disk
Hard Drives - where all the files are stored
3 to 4 years plus - on average, back it up
5 years + - good luck if it boots up the next day
guidelines true 98% of time )
Laptops running HOT ... about 3 + years ......
Does the green Microsoft license tag on the side of the
computer match the Windows installed ?
If green tag missing -
Question to ask: is this a pirate copy of Windows ..
the computer will eventually stop getting Microsoft updates
or be disabled
Does the current Windows have all the updates ?
If not, it's vulnerable once it connects to the Internet.
A new installation of Windows 7 or 10 would require
3 - 5 hours
of Microsoft updates to bring it current.
A Windows installation not up to date is
to every form of malware / toolbars / and viruses.
It only takes 2 minutes to open computer cover and check
clogging the fans
and check the manuf. date on the hard drive.
( it's a reasonable request to ask )
Segate hard drives have a code that you can type in here ..
A clean installation of Windows will guarantee optimal performance.
Previous virus / malware infestations damage core Window files over
A 2 - 3 old Windows installation will have glitches and
IF it is
a Windows XP computer, stop using the old Explorer 8
and switch to
Firefox or Opera browser.
( Microsoft XP users can't upgrade past
which leaves you surfing at great security risk. )
Gamers ...... find out if the
computer can run your favorite games
final notes: Memory (Ram)
Windows XP ... at least 640 - 1 GB (with SP 3 installed)
Windows Vista 2 GB - 4 GB
Windows 7 4 GB - 8 GB ( 64 bit )
Windows 8 4 GB - 8 GB (64 bit )
Windows 10 4 GB +
inspection ... look for capacitors with brown residue on
or capacitor tops that are bulging ..
( right of center picture - cap with dome )