In Pictures: 14 steps to a better, faster Windows laptop

After a couple of years, most laptops fall seriously behind the times. Here are several ways to upgrade your legacy laptop to meet today's standards.

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1. Grab your tools The first step is to make sure you have the necessary tools and components. Everything is available online or at a good electronics store. These can vary depending on your needs, but should be good for upgrading most notebooks. First, let's start with the tools you'll need:

-- A small Philips screwdriver (I used a number 0) -- A DVD-RW disc or USB drive (for creating startup media) -- An external hard drive (for backing up data) -- A pencil with an eraser (for pushing RAM into place) -- A small bowl to hold screws and other easily lose-able objects -- A marking pen for labeling

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