Time to upgrade
I recently explained how you can clean out your laptop and increase its efficiency. However, sometimes what you really need is an upgrade.
What follows is a step-by-step rundown on how to give a legacy notebook a new lease on life by adding more RAM and a solid state drive (SSD), as well as the latest USB, HDMI and Wi-Fi hardware. As an example, I used my three-year-old HP EliteBook 2560p laptop, which is powered by a second-generation 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor and includes 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and Windows 7 Professional.
(I have not upgraded my operating system, although you can always switch to Windows 8 or Linux if you choose.)
Grab your tools and let's get started.