How Do You Prolong the Lifespan of Your Computer?

How Do You Prolong Lifespan Of Your Computer

How Do You Prolong the Lifespan of Your Computer?

The business world relies on computers today more than ever. And because a top-quality device can set you back $1,500 on average, it’s common for organizations to hold off on upgrading computers to the point where it measurably impacts productivity or, worse, becomes a security risk.

Needless to say, you should never be using computers that are no longer receiving Windows or other critical software updates. And while no computer will last forever, there are steps you can take to lengthen the lifespan of your computer.

Every device is different and will depend on the amount of care and maintenance you treat your computers with, but the average lifespan is somewhere between five to eight years for desktop computers and three to five years for laptops.

Ideally, you’d want to prolong the life of every computer your organization has, but ensuring the more important ones based on the functions they perform are kept in pristine condition will push back when you will need to eventually replace the device.

Install Software Updates

Having the latest updates for your operating system and other software you use ensures there are no security risks. Hackers like to exploit these vulnerabilities, and by keeping your software up to date, you increase your protection against viruses that can dramatically reduce your computers’ lifespans.


Dusting your computers regularly will go a long way toward lengthening their lifespan. Dust clogs the fans and causes overheating issues, and overheating causes components to break down faster. Vacuum the vents from the outside every so often.

If you have a desktop tower with an easy-to-open case, you can remove dust more efficiently. Just be careful not to damage any of the components.

Battery Maintenance

For laptops, leaving it plugged in all the time won’t damage the battery, but make sure they aren’t hot while charging. That being said, it’s a good idea to use the AC power some days and use the battery on other days.

Many newer laptops will have battery-saving settings to keep the laptop from charging to 100%; charging to 80% will increase the battery’s lifespan. Additionally, try not to drain the battery to 0%.

Upgrade Components

Upgrading one or two components could save you from having to buy new computers.

For example, let’s say your computers have issues multitasking. If you add more RAM, it could significantly increase your computers’ ability to handle multiple programs at once.

You might only get an extra year or two from the new components, but it might make more financial sense to buy new computers later.

Of course, if you have multiple components that need to be upgraded and your computers are at least 5 years old, then it might make more sense to buy new computers.

Careful Handling

Repeated drops can significantly impact the lifespan of laptops. Make sure they are in well-padded carry bags when transporting them. When not in use, ensure they are stored in elevated areas with good airflow. Don’t use computers in direct sunlight.

Be careful what you eat and drink around your computers. Limit crumbs, spills and greasy fingers when in use.

Computers are essential in today’s business world, and with proper care and an upgrade or two, you can get the most out of your device before a replacement is needed.

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