20 steps to a lean, clean machine

If your legacy laptop is showing signs of age, it could simply need some basic maintenance. Here's a step-by-step guide to how to clean out your system.
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1. Get ready

Like regular tune-ups for a car, business laptops require periodic maintenance to ensure a long life. For instance, the 2.5-year-old HP EliteBook 2560p that I use every day at work is showing its age. The fan runs continuously and squeaks, and the system overheats.

To revive it, I'm going to do a major cleaning and maintenance routine that includes everything from blowing out dust bunnies to swapping out the keyboard and fixing scratches. While these instructions apply to the EliteBook, they'll work with just about any laptop and can add years to a tired system.

So put aside an afternoon (it may actually take as little as half an hour), assemble your tools (see the next slide) and get ready to revive your legacy laptop.

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