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Before You Upgrade

Before you dive headfirst into the upgrading waters, it helps to know what you're getting yourself into. If nothing else, you need to know whether your system can accept the upgrade you want to make; not all PCs are compatible with all the new peripherals on the market today.

Then there is the unsettling fact that even the simplest upgrades—the ones where you plug a new peripheral into an open port—don't always go smoothly. On the off chance that your upgrade either doesn't take or somehow messes up something else in your system, you want to be able to undo the damage and return your system to its pre-upgrade (or working) state.


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