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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3. Getting inside After turning the machine off and removing its battery, I slid the bottom panel free. Laptops differ widely in accessibility; some feature several small hatches rather than a single removeable bottom. If that's your case, look on the bottom panel for a chip icon or other label.

The first task will be to upgrade the RAM. After unscrewing and removing the panel, you should find the memory modules.

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