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Q: What do you plan to do with your current PC or laptop once you've finished using it?

  • 22%
    Sell it

  • 4%
    Recycle it

  • 5%
    Give it away

  • 54%
    Keep it as a backup

  • 4%
    Use it for parts

  • 4%
    Throw it away

  • 5%
    Don't know

  • 1%
    I don't own a PC or laptop


(Based on 11414 Votes)

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What do you plan to do with your current PC or laptop once you've finished using it?

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Poll: What do you plan to do with your current PC or laptop once you've finished using it?

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ella33

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My last laptop went to the small local firm who supplied me with this laptop, for spare parts. It wasn't really in part exchange as this wasn't so cheap.

As I am considering a tablet, I feel I might use this as a 'spare' for as long as possible, otherwise it will go to a computer recycler.. there is a small computer care shop in the next town, which might well use it. I don't think there is much money in old laptops, apart from people in the business who can use the parts

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Kevscar1

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have my ashes sprinkled over it

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fourm member

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I ticked 'Keep it as a backup' because that is what I would do if it was still working when I bought its replacement.

If it wasn't likely to have any use then it would be remove the HDD and hammer it very thoroughly.

I have no pride so I've taken several free gifts in the past from people who've 'finished with this and I've removed all the information so you can have it' only to find lots of stuff left behind.

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Ex plorer

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Probably, tinker around inside improve it if possible, or if possible a new mobo and rebuild to higher spec for the fun of it.

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QuizMan

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I think of my PC being like Trigger's broom. Had it for years, but with 4 new motherboards, 3 new processors, countless new hard drives etc.

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Aitchbee

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... my bigger/older/wiser brother [who lives in Ireland] would most probably bury his unwanted PCs and/or laptops in his back garden, as he does do, with everything else that's past it's best ... old fridges and washing machines etcetera!

PS. He has never owned a PC or laptop in his life and 'gets by' without 'em, very well, thankyouverymuch!

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TopCat®

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Probably give it to my teenage grandson if he wants it. His current one came from his mother and is so old he can just about boil a kettle and then make a cup of tea waiting for Windows to load!:) TC.

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morddwyd

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Woodchip has the right of it.

This is one of those trick questions used on management courses!

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spuds

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Nontek - I am :O)

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finerty

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  1. wipe the memory
  2. sell it in peices
  3. mybe buy a new one or upgrade
  4. what would you do FE with your computer and laptops and external drives and mobile phones and whateve IT equipment u use on a dialy basis
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Nontek

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spuds

You must be waiting for Antiques Roadshow to come down-your-way!

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spuds

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I still have a Sinclair stored away, so perhaps that gives the answer or suggestion what happens to mine?.

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Nontek

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Mine is only one year old, so it will easily outlive its owner! ROFLOL...

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wee eddie

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Since I successfully upgraded to 'W7' it is likely that it will be used, instead of a cushion, in my coffin!

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Quickbeam

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Mine goes to recycling because I don't change until it's become a totally US unit.

Only the dedicated make do and mend set will appreciate old stuff as I tend to wring the life out of everything. Clothes, cars, bikes, shoes, lawn mowers, drills... you name it.

A product is for it's life, not until a newer, snazzier one comes along. Not in my book anyway!

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woody

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I replace mine while the "old" one is still useful - therefore for the last (since zx and ti99) how long!! I have given them to a good home . On one occasion I gave one to a school (it was far better than they had even seen) but it took a lot of persuasion to get them to understand it was a gift and not a scam!

My current old has win7pro and win 8 pro - quad core 3ghz. I use a more up to date one and when that gets a bit tired the older one will go. 60 yrs ago I know what it was like to have "more month than money" now I asked my undertaker if I can have a very big pocket put in my shroud - he said no!LOL

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wiz-king

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keep as a spares - my spare now was Win98 and has slowly been upgraded to Win 7 but it's a bit long in the tooth now.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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Some parts will be reused, some sold and some kept as spares in-case new parts fail.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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Some parts will be reused, some sold and some kept as spares in-case new parts fail.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Some components will be sold to fund upgrades, others will be reused.

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woodchip

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Simple TURN IT OFF

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