Is it possible to upgrade a laptop?
Laptops aren’t as easy to upgrade as desktop PCs.
In fact, newer laptops are becoming harder to upgrade — but you still may be able to upgrade your laptop with more RAM or a solid-state drive.
Some laptops can be upgraded fairly easily, but do your research here.
What upgrades are available for my laptop?
How to upgrade your laptop
- Upgrading your battery. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
- Upgrading your RAM. Many laptops include a user-accessible bay for replacing your RAM. (
- Upgrading your hard drive.
- Using mini PCI-E slots.
- Upgrading your wireless.
- Upgrading your CPU.
- Upgrading your optical drive.
- Upgrading your graphics.
Can I add more RAM to my laptop?
While not all modern laptops give you access to the RAM, many do provide a way to upgrade your memory. If you can upgrade your laptop’s memory, it won’t cost you much money or time. And the process of swapping out RAM chips should take between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on how many screws you have to remove.
How do I know if I can upgrade my laptop RAM?
To find out if you need more RAM, right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager. Click the Performance tab: In the lower-left corner, you’ll see how much RAM is in use. If, under normal use, the Available option is less than 25 percent of the total, an upgrade may do you some good.