Do I have to take the battery out before cleaning fans?

So I'm cleaning my computer's fan for the first time, it stopped working recently (making a high pitched straining sound during use now). What precautions should I take in terms of the hardware before doing so? Do I have to remove the battery? Hard drive? CPU?

My laptop's design makes it very difficult to remove the battery.

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zsk720, no you do not have to remove it. Check on here about the how to take it apart.

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