Yes, a 3.5″ “Floppy-Disk-Drive” is a dead giveaway as to a computers age, popular in the 1990s and last made in 2009.
Over the years your computer, PC or laptop may have been “upgraded” in a number of ways.
Upgrades to the Operating System (Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Windows 10), RAM or memory, Disk Drive (storage), Graphics card etc. but it is generally the beating heart of the computer, its CPU (Computer Processing Unit) that determines its original age as it is unlikely the CPU would have been upgraded during the computers lifetime.
How to find the likely age of a computer running on Windows 10
Use Windows “Systeminfo” command
In search tab enter “Systeminfo”
or run > cmd > systeminfo
Other ways of determining a computers age
When were the core folders created?
In Windows Explorer goto the root directory C:\ and look at the dates of the sub folders. Most folders will be the same date as the last major windows upgrade but if the computer was migrated from an earlier version of windows, some of the folders may show a much older date.
What Windows version was the computer shipped with?
Look for a Windows 7, 8 or Windows Vista sticker on the side of a PC or underneath a laptop. Windows 7 Pro has not been available for purchase since 2018. Windows 8 not since 2015 and Vista not since 2010.
Google the model or serial number
Dell computers can have their age determined via the service tag or serial number
Similarly for HP Computers
If you determine the computer is 5 years or older, it is recommended to replace with a new model rather than upgrading.
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