How to upgrade Intel Celeron Processor?


In this article we will cover the process of on how to upgrade your Intel Celeron Processor.

  • The first thing you need to do is shut down the computer and remove all power sources from it, so for example if it’s plugged in, unplug it. Once that is done you can open up your device by removing any screws with a screwdriver and placing them carefully to one side as they will be needed again later on.  Do not discard screws as some processors have specific posts that only screwdrivers with magnetic tips can attach to! And don’t lose them either!
  • Next step would be to carefully open up your laptop or PC until you see a metal box inside. This box is the processor and you need to remove it from your device very carefully by lifting it up with a screwdriver. Once that has been done you will be able to see the socket where the new processor should go, which should look like a small metal hole at the bottom of your motherboard.
  • Look for anything that looks similar in shape or size – usually this will have some markings denoting what type of processor they are compatible with so keep an eye out for any letters or numbers on the top. Some processors do not need to be placed into sockets however there is often a plastic covering over them which you will want to remove before inserting your new processor. Look online if you are unsure what socket type you have but this is usually denoted by a small diagram on the top of your motherboard.
  • If you have found the correct socket then make sure it is clear of any pieces of metal or obstructions and carefully place your new processor inside. You should find that all sides clip into place but you may need to press down slightly on one side first – do not force the processor if it does not immediately go down as this will damage and break your processor and possibly even harm yourself. Once inserted, ensure that there is no bent pins protruding from the bottom or top before screwing in tight whatever retaining bar was holding your old CPU in place. Ensure not to apply too much pressure as this could also break it.
  • If you have been following this guide from start to finish with no problems, congratulations! You have just achieved something less than 0.1% of the population will ever do. In most cases though, there is a possibility that things haven’t gone that smoothly and now you are stuck staring at a CPU that looks like it’s about to snap in half or not even fit into your CPU socket. Read more here.

Don’t worry! If your new processor does not wish to go in slowly then push down hard but carefully on what seems to be sticking out – normally one side should clip back into place while the other should still be slightly raised Inside your PC should be some kind of metal bar which should serve only one purpose, to stop your CPU falling out of the socket as well as hold it firmly in place.

If you feel as if you can’t snap it back into place, or your PC is doing some very odd things such as rebooting randomly, then something somewhere isn’t lined up correctly and you could end up damaging either yourself or your computer if you continue. The only option at this stage is a fresh installation of Windows – however I’m going to assume that there was nothing wrong before hand and you simply wanted a little more power from your processor. At this point all should be well with the world! If not though please leave a comment below and myself or someone else may be able to help.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...