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How to Speed Up a Slow PC

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How to speed up PC memory?

One common reason a PC becomes slow is due to a lack of available Random Access Memory (RAM). Random Access Memory (RAM) is used by the system to store data for processing by a computer's central processing unit (CPU), also known as the processor.

You can speed up your PC by purchasing and installing RAM chips, they are easy to install and not very expensive nowadays. You should have at least 1GB of RAM, I had that for years and it worked out great. I had plenty of memory to run several programs at once without experiencing any delays or freezing. You will use up RAM when you are working on files or running software, so by adding more RAM you should notice an increase in speed, for example, the amount of time it takes to copy files or folders will be noticeably faster. The easiest way to make your PC faster is to add memory.

Please note: If you are running Windows 95 or Windows 98, your computer will not recognize any additional RAM over 256MB. I recommend upgrading your operating system to Windows 2000 or Windows XP before buying new RAM.

The way RAM is installed is simple; basically you open your computer case on a clean flat surface (with the power cable disconnected), locate the RAM slots, and push the shiny new RAM module(s) right into their slot. They usually click into place when you press firmly (make sure they are firmly seated or they will not be read by your computer).

There are variations in RAM, make sure you know the right RAM to install first, check your PC manual first or locate the RAM modules in your PC first and identify the type. If you already see RAM in your computer, and there are no available slots, that means you are going to replace the RAM that is there with larger, faster RAM. They usually come in pairs so if you want 1GB of RAM you would get two sticks of 512MB each. If you were to upgrade to 2GB of RAM, you can find two sticks of 1GB RAM, and so on.