Maybe you seldom use a computer. Perhaps you use a computer all the time, but it’s your trusty desktop you turn to. Or maybe you just haven’t gotten around to upgrading your laptop lately! No matter what the case may be, your laptop computer is looking (and feeling) a little dated. Luckily, that doesn’t mean it’s destined for the trash. In fact, there are many ways to improve an old laptop! Rehab yours with these smart tips.

5 Ways to Improve an Old Laptop

Get as much life as possible from your system with these five quick tips:

1. Give it a Complete Clean

It doesn’t matter how frequently or infrequently you use your computer: it’s bound to collect dust, dirt, and oil every time you get to tapping on the keyboard. While this grime is unsightly, it can also affect the functionality of your computer. As the core temperature of your system rises, the dust and dirt can start to interfere with moving components like fans and keyboard keys.

The good news is that cleaning a laptop is simple. Start by using a can of compressed air to blow away dust from the surface of the computer and the cracks of the keyboard. You can also use a cotton swab to get into corners and hard-to-reach areas.

If you feel comfortable performing minor surgery on your PC, remove the bottom panel of the computer to access the internal components. Using your compressed air, blast dust and dirt away from the system’s fans and circuits.

2. Update the OS

If your computer has been running an old or outdated operating system, you can rest assured it’s not functioning as smoothly as it should. While some people don’t understand the benefits of installing new operating systems every time they come out, it’s important to remember that OS updates close security loops, fix bugs, and make the user experience more streamlined and enjoyable.

With this in mind, check for OS updates on your laptop. If you use an Apple laptop, you can do this by navigating to the Apple menu and choosing “Software Update.” Windows users simply need to open Windows Update and check for updates.

3. Upgrade to an SSD

If your computer is slower than molasses on a cold day, you might consider upgrading your system with a solid-state drive, or SSD. SSDs work to improve computer speed because they don’t have moving parts. As such, they have dramatically faster access times (commonly under ten milliseconds) and will allow you to transfer data and download files much faster.

While SSDs can be expensive (more than $100, for many models), installing one is a smart way to boost your computer’s functionality without replacing your entire system. Keep in mind that, if you do purchase one, you’ll need to work with your computer repair specialist to have it installed.

4. Boost Your RAM

One of the best things you can do to make your old laptop fast and efficient again is to upgrade its RAM. Sometimes, a computer’s slowness is not because of its age (new machines commonly feel slow right out of the box), but because of a lack of memory. Luckily, you can repair this by installing more RAM.

For most people, 4GB of RAM will be sufficient, and will generally cost less than $100. If you’re not comfortable researching or installing RAM on your own, take your old laptop to your local computer repair experts for assistance.

5. Dump Old Files

Once you’ve boosted your computer’s operating system, RAM n and SSD, finish the makeover by dumping any files you don’t need. Computers are just like houses: the more clutter they feature, the more crowded and hectic they feel.

Use a service like Amazon’s Cloud Drive, or an external hard drive to back up your unneeded files. Once you’ve backed them up, delete them from your system to make more space for the files you do need.

Give That Old Computer New Life!

Old computers can work just as quickly and efficiently as newer systems, as long as you maintain them. These five tips will go a long way to help you revamp that old laptop quickly and easily. Have additional questions about how to improve your old laptop? Contact UsContact the techs here at Computer CPR for more information!