Some manufacturers may try to make upgrading their prebuilt desktop PCs more difficult, but even those PCs aren’t as difficult to upgrade as the average laptop. You don’t build your own laptop — instead, you buy a prebuilt laptop from a manufacturer.

Apart from the specifications for the acceptable RAM or SSD, you will also find how many DIMM expansion slots your laptop has, and how much maximum memory it can support.

Using the specifications, feel free to search for similar memory or storage on Amazon or other sites.

Buy the hardware you need to avoid headaches later.

Some laptops can be upgraded fairly easily, but do your research here.

This is why it’s a good idea to future-proof the laptops you buy (whereas future-proofing is bad for desktop PCs).

But you first need to find out whether your laptop can be upgraded, or if it has soldered components.

Plus, upgrading parts will almost always void your warranty. Not everything in your laptop can be upgraded easily.

So, what can you upgrade in your laptop, and what are the risks involved? Unlike a desktop PC, several parts of a laptop are soldered on, which means they can’t be removed.

You can find the answer by reading the original manufacturer’s manual.

The screen, on the other hand, is almost never worth upgrading. You can fix a broken screen by replacing it with the same type, but just like upgrading a PC monitor is all about buying a new one, upgrading the screen also requires buying a new laptop.

This is why some..., and if your laptop is old, it might use older DDR2 RAM rather than DDR3 or DDR4 RAM.