Notebooks are increasingly popular these days because they are light, affordable, and powerful. What happens, though, when your notebook gets a little older and a little slower? At Smart IT we see this problem nearly every day, with people and businesses asking for advice on what to do. Some upgrade to a newer notebook, which is great, but there are other ways to speed up your notebook without that expense. A lot of notebooks have had their operating system upgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 10, however, this requires more performance from your notebook to function efficiently. To achieve this we recommend several software maintenance tasks to help speed up your notebook. Our free Smart Console application, for example, has a maintenance tool which cleans up your PC automatically. This kind of software maintenance is often the solution, but there is more we can do if the notebook is still running too slowly for your liking. We usually look at three main areas to help with performance: your CPU; your RAM; and the type of hard drive. Due to the expense, an upgrade to the CPU is generally not an option, but upgrading the RAM and especially the hard drive can make an enormous difference at a reasonable price. If you are running Windows 7 or 10, you will ideally have 4Gb of RAM. With only 2Gb, for example, the system can be extreeemely sloooow. In most cases a RAM upgrade is not a costly process and well worth the effort. Now for the hard drive. This is where your notebook stores all your information. With new developments in hard drive technology your notebook's performance can increase dramatically. The modern style hard drives may not store as much as the older style, but boy to they pack a punch. The modern style hard drives are called SSD (Solid State Drive) drives. These SSD hard drives are to the older types are like a CD to a record player (for those of us who know what a record player is!). In addition, specific functions in Windows enable these SSD drives to work in conjunction with your RAM, making an even bigger impact. SSD drives have recently come down in price dramatically and they start sub $100, so they are definitely worth serious consideration. All this means you may not have to spend big dollars to get a massive performance benefit from your notebook. It's worth checking out before you throw it out! Smart IT can assess your notebook, perform software maintenance and offer you upgrade options if required. We are looking forward to helping you on 1300 044 320. QUICK FACT: What is the difference between a notebook and a laptop? Webopedia defines the difference as; A laptop is a small, portable computer -- small enough that it can sit on your lap. Nowadays, laptop computers are more frequently called notebook computers, though technically laptops are somewhat larger in size than notebooks, in both thickness and weight.