Replace your laptop's CPU

Upgrading your laptop to a faster, more powerful processor can extend its life span and boost your productivity -- but it isn't a project for the fainthearted. We show you how to do it.

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Step 2: Remove Any Cover Plates

Laptop designs vary, but the upgrade process usually begins with removing hinge covers: Pry up any plastic hinge cover and pull it away from the chassis. Avoid excessive force, as pulling too hard can break the plastic parts.
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