Updating an old laptop

Combine a RAM upgrade with an SSD, and it's safe to say that your old PC or laptop won't feel quite so old anymore.

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Updating an old laptop

We've listed them as bullet points below and you can scroll down for more information on each tip: If you want a little more performance for multi-tasking, but don't want to shell out on an SSD then a cheaper option is to start looking at some RAM upgrades.

If you’re running on a system with under 2GB of RAM, sticking an extra few gigabytes in won’t cost you too much and can make all the difference.

Our current impressions are that it’s more stable than Windows 7, gets rid of all of the annoying interface mistakes that Microsoft made with Windows 8, and it’s the future of the Windows platform.

There are a lot of new features in there, too, which we won’t go into now, but you can read about in our Best Windows 10 features article.

Download a free program such as Ease US Todo Backup Free 8.9, and cloning your old HDD onto a speedy new SSD is a fairly simple affair.

And even if you can't replace your HDD easily, don't abandon hope – it's often possible to clone your operating system to an SSD connected via a USB 3 (or Thunderbolt) adapter.

Because there are no moving parts in SSDs, the read/write speeds are far superior to older optical (spinning disk) hard drives.

Buying one won’t break the bank, but you might have to compromise a little on storage space, as SSDs still cost more per GB than mechanical hard disks.

If you’re not sure what to do, don’t worry, as this article will help you make the right decision based on which operating system you’re currently running.

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