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What can I do to speed up my pc to make it run faster?

I've got a nearly 10 year old Dell desktop, running Windows XP, with a Pentium 4, 1.80Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM. It's always been quite reliable, but lately it's been slow as all "you know what," and frequently telling me that it's running low on virtual memory. I've already tried deleting various types of files that I hardly ever/never use, and I've also uninstalled unused programs, etc. I know I probably need to upgrade some of my hardware, but I'm not sure which part. Do I need to add more memory, or a newer/faster processor? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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1GB ram is usually more than enough for XP.

In reply to: What can I do to speed up my pc to make it run faster?

But I find old hard drives can be quite slow compared to today's HDDs. So no to the memory and the CPU is hard to find if it's the common 1.8GHz unit I know of.

What's stopping you from reloading the OS fresh?

Also read 7723-6122_102-510824.html to see what we found.

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More often than not, more RAM

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If the error message you are getting is about low virtual memory then deleting files won't make any difference because those files are stored on the hard disk, not in the memory.

However some users get confused about low disk space errors and low memory errors, so can you tell us what size hard disk you have and how much is used, how much is free.

If the error is about virtual memory, then a quick fix is to let the OS, (Operating System), manage the Page File, (which is what virtual memory is also called). That can be done in Control Panel > System > Advanced tab, then the "Settings" button for Performance, then the Advanced tab in the new window.

Under Virtual memory, click the Change button, then select the "Automatically manage paging file" option.

Additional RAM always is a good performance booster and if you head over to and let the web site scan your system, it will identify your RAM and let you know whether you can increase it, and if so, with what.

Other than that, to keep a system working well, keep it clean of malware, and make sure there are not too many unwanted Startup files and Processes running.

I hope that helps.


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