How to Upgrade Processor on Laptop

How to Upgrade Processor on Laptop

When our laptops get slow, it is the most frustrating thing in the world. And the funny part is that even when we delete so many movies and games, it still is slow. People will get the Windows updated and it works but for a small period of time and again, it goes back into that same condition; slow! 

Now, at this point, people usually sell their laptops and buy a new one and spend money. But little do they know that they can upgrade processor on laptop. You must be thinking that you will have to have advanced technical skills! Well, no you don’t have to because it is simple and easy to do. 

You have to be very careful of course, and you may have to visit a computer shop along with your laptop to buy a compatible replacement for your old laptop’s processor. Let us start with the following step by step guide on how to upgrade processors on laptop!

Step 1: Update the BIOS

Before we open up the laptop’s internal, you will have to make sure that the BIOS has the most recent version of it. These updates are released to support new CPUs. This has to be done because if you install a chip that is newer than what the current BIOS allows then your system will not even boot up. 

You can see the BIOS version of your laptop on the company’s site and they will also show how to update BIOS as different brands have different ways to update it. After you are done with this, let us proceed with the next step.

Step 2: Remove the Battery

Different companies have different ways to remove the battery and it is not that hard. If your laptop has an inbuilt battery, you have to remove it too. 

Step 3: Remove the Back Cover

Now is the time to get your small toolbox and remove the back cover of the laptop. If you cannot see the processor, then remove all the screws on the back cover. The processor may be hidden under a rubber part.

Step 4: Remove the Keyboard

Since you have removed all the screws, then it means that the keyboard, wireless adapter and DVD writer must have loosened up. Gently remove the ribbon of the keyboard while you are removing the keyboard. 

Step 5: Remove the Upper Shell

When you have removed the keyboard, you might as well see some more screws, remove them and if you see a connector and a ribbon, remove that too. You have to be super careful while removing the upper shell.

Step 6: Remove the Display Assembly

In some laptop brands, this step can be done before step 5. You will see the base of the display; hinges. Now, you have to unplug the Wi-Fi antennas cables, video and unscrew the hinges and then the whole display assembly.

Step 7: Remove the Heat Sink

Now, you will be seeing the motherboard. You now have to remove the heat sink by unscrewing it and access the graphics card and processor if it is available. If you cannot see the processor then you have to remove the motherboard as well.

Step 8: Replace the CPU

Now, you will be able to see the processor. You have to turn the CPU sockets’ screw in anticlockwise until it stops, lift the processor gently, remove it from the socket and put it aside. Place the new CPU and if you place it in the right direction, it will slip gently and it needs a push then you are not placing it in the right direction. If you are successful in placing the CPU, then start screwing clockwise.

Step 9: Apply a Thermal Paste and Reassemble

After you have applied the thermal paste, remove all the plastic with a lint free rag or by hand if it is not too small. After it dries out, apply a layer of thermal paste on the top of the CPU and spread it with a plastic card evenly and then put the heat sink and assemble the whole laptop again. 

Start the laptop and you can see the details of the new CPU. Launch the Windows and you will see laptop performance better than before.

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