Dear Computer Lady,
I have an old Vista desktop! Is there any way to get it up to date so that Chrome can be updated? Or, would it be best to just get rid of it and buy a new desktop?
I’m retired and we barely get by on Social Security, but my computer and Kindle are my biggest source of entertainment.
While there are ways to get your computer updated, they are going to be either costly or rather technical, so my short answer is that you are probably better off getting a new tower.
You could purchase a license for Windows 10 and install it. First, you will have to be sure you have enough hard drive space, RAM and processing power on your computer to run Windows 10. Then, if you are not comfortable installing it yourself, you will need to pay for not just Windows 10, but also for getting it installed.
You could install a free operating system like Linux. This would eliminate the cost of purchasing windows 10, but there would be a learning curve, and if you are not a technical person, you would need to hire a professional to set it up for you and teach you how to use it.
Another, slightly less expensive option would be to replace the desktop with a chromebox. This would be a tower that runs the Chrome operating system instead of Windows. This could be a great option for you if you just use your tower for email and the internet.
I hope this helps you as you look at your options