Slow PC? – Don’t Replace, Upgrade

There is just about nothing as frustrating as trying to quickly check something on a computer that’s simply outdated and slow. Not only do these systems take long to boot, they commonly slow down in the middle of a process and cause programs to stop responding, which is enough for anyone to dip into the savings and go out to purchase the latest and greatest machine.
However, the technological advancements allow us to upgrade on systems without spending even half of the price we’d take out for a new machine. There are some limitations, but for most computers and laptops there are multiple ways can improve the speed on your computer without spending huge amounts of money or installing software that promises you the world.

Upgrade Your Hard Drive


The first and most recommended upgrade is getting a faster hard drive as this is the main reason for an older computer slowing down. The hard drive is where programs and all types of information is stored, including that of your operating system. Therefore, if you have a slower hard drive, it simply takes everything on the computer longer to access the information it needs.

It is important to remember that each action you take on a computer has multiple steps that it has to work through. All of those steps consist of information that the processor has to access from the hard drive.

The best possible upgrade for a hard drive is moving over to a solid state drive (SSD). Not only of these up to 20 times faster than normal archives, but they are also less demanding on laptop batteries and make no sound at all, thanks to no moving parts.

To install these SSDs, you would need to take it to a computer company who will move your programs and operating system to the solid state drive. However, it might be easier to buy a Samsung drive as it includes the special software you need to migrate all your programs and operating system, which saves you money.

Increase your Ram

Ram is the second step in the process that could have a huge effect on your processing speeds. Windows 10 now needs 8 Gb of ram to run smoothly, which doesn’t include any programs or even documents you have open.

Therefore, if you want your computer to be even faster after the SSD upgrade, is best to look at how much ram you have and how much your computer can take. This might require some research as you would need to find out how much your specific laptop can take. This simply requires you to enter the manufacturer and model of your laptop or computer into a search engine and seeing what you can find.

Alternatively, simply take your computer to a professional who cannot open it up and have a look at how much ram your computer can handle. In most cases, computers after 2010 would be able to take at least 16 Gb, but before you order, ensure it can take that much by doing some research.