How to use old computer when bought new computer?

When you have purchased your new PC, and then must have thought how to use old computer. You can't upgrade it or even you can't sell it. It can only be sold as scraped. But, you might know there are lots of useful ways in which you can use your old PC to do some fantastic stuff with the help of some software. Here are a few of our suggestions.

1. As a Home Theatre PC

This is a very popular use of your old PC as HTPC. You need to connect it to a TV or a large screen using a HDMI – or any other option available.

After that, install free HTPC software called XBMC. XBMC is available for Windows, Linux, OS X and even as a liveCD called XBMbuntu. The software has a simple user interface, which is generally found on media players and consoles such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. With Android remote controls apps and DLNA, you can even stream media from one PC to another over the network.

2. As a remote torrent downloader

You can use your old PC as torrent downloader. To do this, download and install uTorrent and then enable the WebUI component from the Preferences menu.

Create a scheduled task in Windows that forces uTorrent to load in the background without having to log in. Then uTorrent will always runs in the background. Also, set a download folder in uTorrent so newly-added torrents download directly to that folder. Remember to look out for free uTorrent apps for your mobile platform. If you prefer using Linux, there are other alternatives such as rTorrent and Transmission.

3. Use as NAS device at home

You can use old Computer Data storage device from where all you home devices will share resources. You can fix a 1 TB or even a 2 TB Hard Disk as per your use.

FreeNAS is freely available. NAS server software is basically a very light-weight operating system; it is just a 96 MB download. You can configure the server via the software using a web interface, remotely. You won't even need to use a monitor to use the server. Just burn the image on a disc and install it on your PC or notebook. The software supports pretty much every popular file system out there. You can use this network server to stream movies to your HTPC or even as a full-fledged data server.

4. Set up a full-fledged web server

You can use your PC as server to host your own Website. But MySQL and Perl also required making it all come together. And also you need a relatively fast internet connection with decent upload speeds. Fortunately there are some preconfigured packages available such as LAMP or WAMP servers. They're basically a package of web server software with all the additional components pre-configured.

One of the popular WAMP servers for Windows is called, well, WampServer, and it's available for download free of cost. WampServer gives you an infinite number of possibilities once you have it installed. Most of these are free and you'd usually have to pay for them if you were to use the server, but with your own infrastructure setup, running a site is completely free.

5. As a PBX board

Use it as a PBX board. But you will have to pay for it. It's not ideal for home users but SoHO user will find it useful.

You need to install the hardware components in your PC. Install Asterisk, popular, free PBX software as a package on your Linux operating system, that's available on the Asterisk site. Once set up, you’ll be able to make phone calls using just a few lines and even receive calls from outside via a voice-guided system. There’s also the potential to use VoIP to make calls over the web.

6. As a retro gaming console

One of the fun things you could do is to actually install a game emulator of your choice on it. This will let you play old games on your TV. These have very low system requirements, so emulators will run on pretty much any hardware. You can then delete all accounts except for one so Windows directly boots to the desktop.

Create a shortcut to the emulator in the Windows Startup folder. This way, Windows will load up directly into the emulator. It's also advisable to install two game consoles so two users can game on the PC connected to a large monitor or TV

So these are the ways by which you can use your old Computer.

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