I suggested last week that you Migrate Your Operating System to 64-Bit. A loyal reader recently did that by buying a new computer. The user was frustrated to find that out that the new computer didn’t come with a parallel port for connecting an old laser printer. While the reader didn’t mention the lack of serial ports, those have disappeared too. Ditto for the old round (PS2 ports) connectors for mice and keyboards.
The good news is that you can buy adapters for that old hardware. That said, I’ll also suggest you ask yourself if it is time to upgrade the hardware. Maybe not, but it is an something to at least evaluate. If you are able to connect the old hardware, does your new 64-bit operating system have drivers for the hardware? I know this can all make the upgrade more expensive, but it is something any business should at least consider as the benefits of the new operating system and 64-bits can be worth the extra expense in the long run.
For those needing to connect a device to a parallel port, check out the Cables To Go USB to Parallel Printer Adapter Cable. If you have a device needing a serial port, try the Cables To Go USB to Serial Adapter. Lastly, you can connect those old mice and keyboards using the Cables To Go USB to Dual PS2 Keyboard Mouse Adapter. All of these adapters are very reasonably priced so it wouldn’t hurt to have one of each in your box of miscellaneous cables you keep in the office.