No matter how often one backs up important files from a computer, when time time comes, will the efforts be rewarding. With any luck you will have enough backed up to continue with a new computer. I back up daily to a flash card and external drive. My accounting software is safe, but will I be able to use it? My monitor started with the jitters, useable but irritating. My first mistake was rebooting to see if the screen would return to normal. That was the last time windows xp booted. I pulled the hard drive and connected it to another computer. It seems to work fine with no errors. Something on the mother board I presume. My accounting software won't run with Vista or Windows 7. My laser printer has the same problem. The software upgrade is $200 and a new printer is about $300, no to mention a new computer. Then there are all the other custom forms, documents,etc that I have created over the years. The programs won't run with Windows 7. A huge loss and an even bigger expense. For the moment I'm using my laptop but that won't last too long. It's month end and things need to get paid now. The computer does the cheques. No computer, no cheques, and no pay cheque! I'm back in business for the moment but I have to use an inkjet printer, no parallel port on the laptop. With everything being printed in duplicate or triplicate, I'll be heading for more ink soon.
So the search is on. I'm trying to find out if I can buy a new computer, pull the drive, install mine and have it run xp. I know it's not going to just boot cause it will be a different motherboard. I have the windows key so it should just be a matter of finding someone to do the software "work". I'm waiting to hear back from a couple people that should be able to do the work. The other alternative is to take the computer in and have someone change the mother board.
In the mean time I'll keep plugging away with the laptop.