When you move to a new computer, you may be asked what to do with the old hardware. You can sell it or keep it as an emergency backup machine, but you can also use it more creatively.
Here are some DIY projects for repurposing and reusing an old PC.
1. Media center
Kodi is designed to be used with a remote control, so you can connect your old computer to your TV and watch it from the comfort of your chair.
A nice advantage is that the media center software is lightweight and does not require large system resources, so you can use it even on very old hardware.
2. Create a home server
If you live with housemates or family, it’s great to be able to share your music, videos, and photos with them. Even if you live on your own, you can take advantage of the storage space for all your media files.
This is where the home server comes in. You can use your old computer to host your media and other files and access them anytime. This is useful if your new computer has limited hard drive space.
You can also share your home servers with others on your network, allowing you to share your files with them.
3. Set up a web server
You can set up your old computer as a web server relatively easily. Once the web server is set up, you can host your own site and those of your friends.
You can also set up a web server to use FTP if you want to share files over the Internet but not create a specific website. If you or your friends want to access an FTP server, you can use Windows Explorer as an FTP client.
4. Start the game server
If you are a gamer, then a great feature of the Steam client is the Steam Stream option. This allows you to install games on one computer and then transfer them to other devices on the network.
This means you can put your games on an old PC and play them from a media center or other device in your living room. Or you can choose a small and fairly cheap device called the Steam Link that connects to your TV or monitor and streams content from your server.