A lot of Millenials, rich or poor, are stuck in the same spot as I am – Your parents are retiring, and they were users of Windows XP or 7 in their career. Now that they’re retired, they don’t want to use new technology – they want you to keep maintaining their ancient PC. And, of course, they think it’s “so easy” to keep hobbling along that four-year-old PC.
So, I’m offering this sample letter for you to quickly edit and hand out.
Dear Mom and/or Dad,
Welcome to retirement! It’s great that you get to enjoy the good life, while my generation is fighting for slots in line to apply for mega-store greeter.
I’ve noticed over the past few months that you’ve declined numerous opportunities to upgrade technology. This wasn’t merely a courtesy offer… Keeping your old computer working is not as easy as it looks.
It took five discs to burn all the tools needed to swap out your ancient hard disk with a solid state drive after it failed. Five different discs. I’m sure you don’t know what that really means, but trust me, it wasn’t easy. Your PC is so old it doesn’t even work with the typical maintenance software of today.
This is a kind notice that I will no longer fix your old PC. It is no longer being updated with new features by Microsoft. It has been left to time. It’s time to upgrade.
There are new solutions like Windows 8.1, iOS and Mac, Android and Console OS, Ubuntu, and Chrome OS that are what most people use to compute with. When your machine dies, it’s time to pick a new platform and switch to it.
We totally get it – Millenials have been (stuck) riding the couch, and have all the time in the world to try out all these new-fangled technologies. But, now that you’re retired, so do you. Enjoy!