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Is one GB enough?

Hello - When SP3 appeared on the scene I installed it. But it slowed down my computer immensely, which led me to uninstalling it and reverting to SP2. Now whenever I enter an MS site I am being warned that their support will soon cease to whoever has only SP2. My question is: I have a 160 GB HD with a 1.8 processor and 1 GB of memory. I very seldom go into graphips or gaming ,but mostly sweep around the Web, changing sites frequently. Is 1 GB enough, or should I get 2 GB of memory if I once more try SP3, and does it really make a difference?

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Sounds like your system might be a bit old

Yes, going to SP3 is a good idea. 1 gb of RAM for XP is plenty for general use. You will want to make sure you don't have too many programs, services and other utilities loading at startup. AV and other malware products can consume a lot of resources especially if you have scans configured every time you start your PC. SP3 shouldn't negatively affect performance and should provide some additional security.

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Service packs should be considered mandatory

Service packs should be considered mandatory, and should not impact performance significantly one way or the other. If they do, it's likely a result of other issues, like malware. A lot of people find that malware corruption will cause the installation of a service pack to create an inoperable system, then incorrectly blame the service pack.

Service packs are typically little more than a collection of security updates. Sometimes they contain minor new features we well, but you want them for the security updates. Some updates will ONLY be contained in service packs, and by not installing the service pack, you leave yourself open to attack.

This isn't an issue of enough RAM, this sounds like an issue of some other software negatively affecting your performance. I would be sure to do a full malware sweep of your system. That means multiple programs, and should include Malwarebytes Antimalware among others.

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Is one GB enough?

yes i think 1GB is compalsion.min 1 GB is required.

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Old but not too old

Hello - IT technicians where I used to work would consider anything older than six months as old. XP itself, as you know, is about ten years old. In that time I have changed three motherboards and two hard disks. The present combination is about two years old, that is at that time I got a new motherboard, new HD and new CPU. The packaging is a bit older as is the power supply. But I do not believe that this would affect the difference between SP2 and SP3. I have run the Black Viper utility, do regular checkups fo malware, with both Avast and Avira, and have run Ccleaner recently to get rid of ballast. Both booting and changing sites are much faster than on many computers of friends including those who run Windows 7 (to which I shall probably change in due course). After reading your replies - for which I thank you - I shall have another go at SP3. - Amos

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