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XP memory/speed upgrade?

by smoker13 / July 4, 2010 11:58 PM PDT

I have a Dell computer with XP Home edition.It has Service Pack 2, Pentium 4 CPU 1.6 GHz 1.59GHz, 512 MB Ram. I wanted to purchase a new computer but will lose many of my programs that will be very expensive to replace, some that are no longer compatible with new 64 Bit machines. Can I upgrade The memory and speed of my computer? I would rather put the money in this machine and save my programs. Thanks smoker13

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Upgrading RAM is easy . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 5, 2010 2:35 AM PDT

Go to and input the machine specs.

Upgrading the speed, as in processor, is harder as you will probably need to replace the motherboard to match the new processor. With that goes new RAM.

Why would you want to buy a new machine with 64 bit? Lots of new machines out there with 32 bit.

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memory/speed upgrade
by m coste / July 5, 2010 2:54 AM PDT

It seems you may have an older system. As such you may need to update the system "bios" in order to utilize more memory. You didn't mention if there are any open memory slots on the mainboard. If there is an open slot you may be able to use more memory with no trouble.
A word of advice: it is usually best to use the same brand/type/speed of memory in each slot.
If there is an open slot, take the memory stick you have out. Take it to your local/favorite computer parts store and ask for one more like it or equivalent. Using all standard safety precautions install both and boot-up. With luck you double your memory. If the system won't boot-up, remove the new memory and go back to the way it was. Remember you will probably not be able to return the bought memory.
Also consider saving up some $$$ and building yourself a new system from the ground up. Good Luck

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