I’ve talked a lot in this column about upgrading your PC or getting a new one every couple of years. But many older machines may still be physically working well but just haven’t kept up with the speed demands of the Internet and current software requirements.

Just because the machine is old doesn’t mean it can’t be useful. Assuming the machine has Windows XP or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, there are a number of options for extending its life.

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