Partly the answer depends on what you want. If
you want a new machine you can get a new one for
$300-$400. There's not much point in spending more.
If you get Win7/8 your likely choices for email are
basically Thunderbird (designed to look like OE but
can be a bit buggy) or Windows Mail, which can be
downloaded. TBird can import your old OE email, if
you save the folder with the DBX files in it.
If you can't get a Win7 box and don't want Win8 then
you can buy an "OEM" DVD to install Win7 on the new
box. If you don't mind Win8 then just watch out for
Microsoft trying to get you to sign up for online services
at every turn.
Another option is to save your current computer. The
hard disk is what usually goes. Most of the other parts
can last a lot longer. But here it gets tricky. Newer hard
disks are SATA interface. Yours is almost certainly IDE.
(The flat ribbon cable.) You can replace the hard disk
cheap but you'd need to either a) find an IDE replacement
or 2) buy an SATA PCI card to plug a new SATA drive
This probably sounds very confusing. It's actually very
easy *if* you know the details. You might want to find
a friend to help. The basic idea:
* Install a 2nd hard disk temporarily.
* Use a disk management program to copy the old disk
to the new disk. (I like BootIt. There's also a freebie called
* Set the new disk as the only disk, removing the old one.
* Drive your updated PC for another few years, if you're
(There are details about plugging in disks, etc. but it's
too much to get into here.)
| My machine is old, 12 yrs to be exact. I do believe my hard drive is
| dying. Wouldn't mind keeping my monitor, but would like to increase
| speed, etc. And, specifically would like all my information put on the
| system. I really like Outlook Express, but have heard it is not available
| In other words, I need some words of wisdom regarding what information I
| should be looking for. And what should I steer clear of?
| As you can tell I really lack computer knowledge.