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Proper way to apply thermal paste to a laptop?

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What's the proper way to apply thermal paste to a laptop? Same as a desktop?

Specifically this laptop
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My PC
(17 items)
 
Brother's PC
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
fx 8350 ASRock 990FX Fatal1ty Professional XFX Radeon R9 290 Black Edition Kingston Hyper X Black 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 2TB OCZ Vertex 3 WD 750 GB Samsung 840 EVO 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster T24B350 Rosewill Capstone 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom White with Red Trim Thermaltake Black Combat White Awesome 8" Zildjian A Splash Mousepad Logitech Z623 
Audio
Behringer Xenyx 302 USB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3550 Biostar TZ77B Asus R9 270 Kingston HyperX 2x2GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD 320GB  Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Stock Intel HSF Win 7 64bit 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
22" Samsung Syncmaster  Diablotek 450W :( Apevia X-Plorer 2 Red Thermaltake Black 
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It's hard to say. I usually just use the spread method because I have sticky thermal paste. Always check to see if you can use thermal paste instead of a thermal pad. Sometimes there needs to be a pad because the gap is too wide.
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