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4. Memory Hacks > 30. Install More RAM

Install More RAM

Having a significant amount of RAM in your PC provides enormous benefits, most notably that the operating system, drivers, programs, and data don’t need to swap out to your hard drive to keep things running smoothly and you will have more memory for disk caching to speed up disk read and write operations. More RAM is also obviously important for loading applications and data, especially large ones like spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and video.

While the minimum RAM requirement for Windows XP is a meager 64 MB and Microsoft recommends 128 MB, 512 MB of RAM is the bare minimum for what most of us consider a fast Windows XP system. Long gone are the days of Windows 98 and Me, when 128 MB was the most memory that the majority of systems needed. Running an unhacked Windows XP configuration with only 512 MB of RAM does not leave a lot of room for programs, data, and disk caching. With 1 GB, the VCache [Hack #32] gets all of the RAM it can handle, leaving much more RAM for your use.


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