Win XP and Memory

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djm1951

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Good day to all. What is the minimum recommended memory to run XP? I have a new machine with 128 Meg. Is this enough or do I need more? Thanks
 
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Hi There!

If you're running WinXP, 128 will work, but in all reality, you need 256 MB ram for XP to function correctly.

With XP, the more RAM the better!


Good Luck!

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If you clean out your services and startup and don’t run RAM dependent programs or too many at once you can get by with 128Mb. A friend of mine who mostly uses the computer for web surfing and word processing gets along fine with 128Mb after I cleaned out his computer some.

Go through each item checked in your startup to see whether it needs to start when you boot and check your active services. If you still have slowdowns corresponding to pagefile hard drive writes then you would need more RAM.

Services: http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm
Startup: http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm

At the price of RAM I isn’t worth it to not add some unless your computer use is limited. Even if you get more RAM, cleaning up your running services and startups will give you a better running computer.
 
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Ram is cheap so get yourself at least another 256 stick if you want to use xp to its fullness.
 

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DJM1951:

Don't run Windows XP with anything less than 256 MB of RAM.

If you're going to run Windows XP with other memory-hungry apps, you'll do even better to have 512 MB.

Considering the memory requirements of so many apps nowadays, these are the recommended RAM amounts for the different operating systems:

Windows 98SE - 128 MB

Windows ME - 256 MB

Windows XP - 512 MB


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(Also a Windows XP user)
 
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