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Dear Lifehacker, I'm trying to toss up whether it's worth upgrading my laptop from windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I've heard mixed reviews and don't want to make the wrong decision! Should I take the plunge? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is not a sensible policy when you're dealing with crucial IT gear. Follow these basic guidelines to ensure you're getting the maximum value from your equipment while minimising risk.

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The question of whether or not to go for the upgrade or stick with the devil you know is an increasingly common contemporary dilemma; the lure of new features against the threat of potentially disabling a device that plays an important role in our lives.

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Hi Lifehacker, I have an early 2011 15" MacBook Pro which is just about to hit its three-year anniversary. I have been thinking about upgrading it with a 500GB SSD, which will cost me about $380. I'm just not sure if it's worth the investment, or if I'd be better off selling it on eBay and putting that money plus the $380 towards a new Retina 13" MacBook Pro. Any thoughts?

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Management invariably wants IT to be faster and cheaper and more reliable. Delivering that trifecta is almost impossible, but it's worth bearing in mind that improving raw performance doesn't always have to be the goal. You may need speed, but you probably don't need speed everywhere.

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Dear Lifehacker, I have a laptop — it's not too old — and I love it, but I'm thinking I could use a bigger hard drive, or maybe some more RAM. I wouldn't mind upgrading it myself, but I don't want to undo all of these screws just to find out the RAM is soldered down or the hard drive is under a bunch of delicate wires. How can I find out whether I can upgrade it before I crack it open?

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Once upon a time, upgrading your PC's RAM was a sure-fire way to increase its performance. These days, this is not always the case; especially if you already have 4GB or memory on board. Techquickie host Linus Sebastian explains why you might be better off plumping for a solid-state drive, and how to know whether a RAM upgrade will actually speed up your PC.

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Having to maintain legacy apps running on outdated hardware is the bane of many an IT professional's life. Gartner analyst Rick Howard reminds us that the problem is unlikely to be fixed if we don't also rework the processes associated with those apps.