My PC is getting old, and might break down soon
. (Bought in 2012.)
Right now, its most recent ailment (as of the last ~2 weeks) is that on some days (happened ~5 times so far), it just freezes after coming out of standby in the morning, then refuses to turn back on
, emitting only a single continuous beep [audio attached]
(which doesn't tell me much since the BIOS version only says 'ACER' [image attached]
And that even though I just
cleaned out all the dust from the PC last
week to make sure the cooling fans run properly.
Fixed it this time by turning it off, then leaving it unplugged for 1:45h (may be overkill), then turning back on, but got no clue what the cause is, or how long I have before it gives up the ghost.
...Ironically, it has no trouble running continuously all day and night for days on end to finish 8+ hour backups and such, but coming out of standby kills it.
Questions about Windows 10
Having used Windows 10 at work, I wouldn't have suspected this - but apparently there are some huge
compatibility issues with older programs?1)
I'm looking for a compatibility checker tool
that can scan my PC and tell me which of my programs may or may not work on Windows 10, even the eccentric old ones that aren't in any "compatibility lists" online. I know Microsoft used to offer a tool like this years ago, but now I can't find it. Only tools I found go straight to "install windows 10 on this PC / prepare Windows 10 installation files on a USB-stick".
(E.g.: Does Macromedia
Flash 8 from 2005 work on Windows 10? If not, bye bye Windows 10.
)2) "Windows Feature Updates"
. I heard Microsoft forces people to basically install an entirely new operating system
(that just so happens to look
the same) every other year, or else you don't get security updates?! Does that mean, after a Windows "Feature Update" some of your programs suddenly might no longer work!??!!
That sounds horrifying!!! 3)
As a backup-plan, I want to be able to install Windows 7 as a secondary operating system
. (Or possibly as a PRIMARY operating system, if Windows 10's compatibility issues and "feature updates" are really that
I've heard that these days, some computer processors are deliberately
made to NOT support Windows 7!??
And how do I avoid those when buying a desktop PC??