If you’re like most people, you probably think it’s time to buy a new computer when it starts to slow down or crash all the time, and when it’s just generally not meeting your needs. But before you go shopping for a new computer, consider all of the ways that your old one could still be useful. Here are five things you can do with your outdated PC instead of throwing it away.
Set up a guest computer
If your organization works with temporary staff and consultants, you might want to use your old PC as a guest computer. This is ideal for simple tasks like browsing the web, sending out emails, and using standard productivity programs.
To set up your guest computer, you need to reformat it first. The next step is to install the latest version of your preferred operating system. And don’t forget to install security updates and set up guest restrictions to prevent unauthorized users from accessing critical data and systems.
Enable kiosk mode
With single-app kiosks, users can access a designated app quickly and securely by using the “Assigned Access” feature. The user’s account will sign in directly to this one special app, blocking all other activities on the device for an extra layer of safety.
At its core, kiosk mode allows you to convert any device into a helpful tool. Use it as an internet gateway for visitors, to create eye-catching digital signage with your product on display, or to let customers fill out forms quickly and easily.
You can enable kiosk mode by going to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users. Then choose the Set up assigned access option. You can then select the app the system can access.
Create a NAS server
If your outdated PC has at least 8 GB RAM, or if you can upgrade it, you can transform it into a NAS (network-attached storage) server. A NAS server is a server for your small-business network that you can use to store files that need to be shared with all the computers on the network.
To turn your old computer into a NAS server, you can download TrueNAS. This software is compatible with Windows, MacOS, and Linux. You can use it to create a shared back up of all devices in your network.
On the other hand, if you’d rather convert your old PC into a private cloud, we recommend Daemon Sync. This free cloud solution makes it easy to back up your data and keep it synchronized between devices. It is a secure and convenient way to make sure photos, videos, documents and other important information stay up to date across all your different devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Protect your online privacy
Upgrade your obsolete computer by installing Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) and enjoy your very own secure, private PC.
Tails is a portable operating system that routes your internet traffic through the anonymity network TOR. It protects users against online surveillance and identity theft. Tails also offers encryption for file storage, chat messaging, and email applications.
Salvage PC parts
If you can’t repurpose your old computer into a NAS server or service kiosk, why not reuse some of its hardware components instead?
For instance, you can utilize RAM sticks to upgrade another machine, use hard drives as external storage devices, and get more out of an old monitor by setting it up with a second display. You can even resell your motherboard and video cards. Additionally, you can use your old USB adapters, Ethernet cords, and AUX leads are for different electronics.
Even if your computer is starting to show its age, there are still a number of ways that you can make the most out of it. If you’re not sure how to do any of these things yourself, our team can help. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help breathe new life into your old computer.