I am dealing with a company that has 5 Windows 2000 pro desktops (1GHz processors, 128 MB RAM) that are 5 years old. they were on a windows 2000 domain. that server was replaced with a win 2k3 SBS server and each machine was joined to the domain. 1 machine - the office manager's - has gotten very slow for opening apps, logging on, logging off, etc. he said it started soon after the switch of the servers.
is the fact that the desktops are 5 years old (and the related bloat in the registry, etc) enough of an answer? that machine is doing the backups to tape using backup exec dektop (again, this is a desktop running windows 2K pro). the other desktops are not as slow, but don't see as much use. that machine gets on the web via dial up, there's no other internet access / outside contact with the real world. All the desktops are wireless to the router, which is wired to the server. the server is a single nic machine
I've checked things like dns server is the server for each desktop, etc. there's no spyware / viruses on his machine... it's just really slow. while there are likely loads of things you could offer to have me check, when you factor in the cost to have a tech (me) do that, again, is it wrong to say 'it's old, the OS gets bloated, etc... and push for a new machine? What is a 5 year old 1GHz machine worth? I keep liking this type of decision to a used car - sure the mechanic could likely keep it running. but at some point, the owner (or mechanic if he's altruistic) has to say it's just not cost effective to play with this?
your thoughts?! Points will be given for everyone that shares their thoughts.