I was gifted a laptop that was not functioning; i.e., the laptop was extremely slow to boot, basic functions caused the CPU usage to spike to 100%, battery would not hold a charge, and the HDD was constantly active. After upgrading the memory (1x8,1x4 to 2x8), switching from HDD to a SSD (1Tb to 2Tb), and replacing the battery, this dual booting machine (Ubuntu and Windows 10) has become my go-to laptop. When I need to get to work and study, I can jump into my comfort zone with Windows. When I need to analyze a Wi-Fi network to help troubleshoot for a friend, I can access Linux and leverage the open source tools to learn on the job. Truly this has become my workhorse at home, beating the much more powerful desktop with the convenience of portability.