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Upgrading Ram on A Windows XP

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  • Started 5 years ago by Esta16
  • Latest reply from RussellXPD
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How much RAM can an XP computer handle? I want to upgrade my 2GB to 4GB RAM, as my computer is excessively slow.

Computer specs for RAM DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-8500, DDR2 (non-ECC)

Also is there any other way to make my computer faster?

Posted 5 years ago
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Motherboards vary as to the amount of ram they hold. Best is to go to and run their System Scanner. It will tell you exactly how much and what type you can use.

Posted 5 years ago
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Esta16, if with 2gb ram in XP is running slow then something else is wrong.
I think you are running on the limit @ 2gb for XP so an upgrade seems pretty useless.

I'd be looking at stopping processes and startups that are unneeded.

Uninstall unused software.

The only other thing that springs to mind of course is that your hard drive might be failing.


Posted 5 years ago
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Esta16, hi :)

Just to add to Xhi's post, you can speed up your pc by minimizing the # of startup programs by going to;

Start > Run > type "msconfig" (w/out quotes) > click the "Startup" tab.

Uncheck as many programs as possible except for your anti-virus to prevent them from running in the background hogging up your RAM.

Posted 5 years ago
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I found that older XP installations get very slow over time. For several friends (I have no XP myself) I have therefore reinstalled the XP and it made a world of difference.

If you do reinstall, make sure you save your own data first.

And I agree, 2GB should be ample for XP. More RAM will buy you nothing.

Posted 5 years ago
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Windows XP 32 Bit can use at most 3 GB of RAM. If you increase your RAM to 4 GB, XP will be able to use inly 3GB of it.

As stated previously, for extreme deterioration of system speed, back up your data and do a reinstall of XP. This will speed your computer up the most. Of course, once you install your needed programs back you will notice a minor slowdown. Try to keep your installed applications and tool bars to a minimum.

Posted 5 years ago
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I've been troubled with slow-running PCs for years and I've never found the final solution. But there are several steps you could take. All of these can be done with freeware or maybe even better with some selected quality software.
Try cleaning up your registry. CCleaner and TweakUI could get you started. Control programs running at startup. WinPatrol could help. Defrag: Mydefrag is thorough and Auslogics is quick. Deal with programs like RealPlayer and Adobe that want to take over your computer and faff about just to make sure that THEY are all shipshape.
Download Soluto to find out what's going on under the hood. If you could upgrade with more memory, Crucial will tell you how much you extra you can add.
Check that your C drive isn't seized up. If it's overfull download Treesize and find out what's going on in C drive.

For starters.


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