This #OldPClikeNew sponsored post has been compensated by #Linqia and CyberSpa. As always, my resourceful and tech loving opinions are my own.
As much as I’m in love with food…I adore geeking out in all things tech. And interestingly enough, I only got my start in blogging by winning a refurbished, dual-monitor PC system. Top of the line 8 years ago, I’ve been weighing its resourcefulness vs investing in a new system. Thankfully, I found just the answer (and the price tag) I was looking for right now.
And that, is to FreshStart my PC with CyberSpa. Essentially, the biggest problem to refurbishing my CPU tower myself was (ironically) my complete lack of all things wired. I kind of chalk it up there with jumping car batteries and dividing fractions. Basically, I’m the reason Bluetooth connections and All-In-One PC’s were probably created.
So let me just say “pardon the dust” as I crack open this beast for you. And don’t get me wrong, my computer has been modified over the years (not by me that’s for sure). Yet it’s still slower than molasses on a winter’s day. Over the years its been riddled with bloatware, viruses, and malware. Let’s just say I’ve lived, learned, and quarantined my fair share of issues.
So basically, I was the perfect FreshStart Kit candidate. Which as a certified Windows PC service, needs you to confirm the following:
- Can power on and boot to Windows
- Must be a laptop or desktop PC
- Must be less than 10 years old
- For Windows 7 users, the license key sticker must be legible to be able to get the FREE upgrade to Win 10 by July 30th, 2016.
I even surprised myself and opted for the DIY Desktop kit! Yes, given the choice to have a service tech come into my home and complete the entire service in 1-2 hours…I felt empowered. I would rock this myself. And now I can not only tell you that FreshStart Kits are perfect to make that old PC like new. But that the CyberSpa call center techs are top notch!
Really though, FreshStart makes this process much less daunting than I ever dreamed. And I’m happy to know that moving forward, this computer will be humming until I do upgrade to a new unit. Even afterward, this unit will continue to be a great PC for the kids. If for some reason it doesn’t work for you, return the kit within 30-days for a full refund.
And just what did it entail you ask? Well, beyond the dust mask needed when I first cracked open the tower? I just had to swap out the old hard drive for the new one. Included in my FreshStart Kit was a 1 TB Western Digital SATA hard drive. Once it was loaded in, I closed the tower, and powered up the unit.
It’s at that point that the FreshStart kit did all the work. Once the computer boots on, it will advance to a information screen where it will inform you to connect the old drive. Then it will go thru a scanning and processing phase. And finally the end screen to indicate if the process was successful.
At this point it will reboot several times, configure different settings, and eventually bring you right back to the home screen where you can easily input your Windows 7 or 10 registration key. And with that, you’re computer is as good as new! Another great feature to assist you is that FreshStart Kits for Windows 10 assist with the free upgrade (through July 31, 2016) from Windows 7 Home & Pro users.
So to recap. If you are on that edge of saving your PC, think about reviving it with a FreshStart Kit from CyberSpa. For less than a new Chromebook, a service tech will come out to your home. For less than a family night out to dinner, you could do it yourself too! Especially if any of the following is all you need:
- Adds years of life to an old PC
- Makes an old PC run faster than when you bought it
- Adds more data storage
- Removes all viruses and malware
- Copies all of your data and settings over to a new hard drive
- Gives you a FREE 90 days of Norton Security
- Turns your old drive into a secure backup drive
If so, then invest in that trusty stead and save the new PC for another day!