Can I improve speed of my PC?

Question

How Can I Make My Computer Detect All Of Its RAM?

Or How Can I Improve The Preformance & Speed Of My PC?

Answer

This question was answered on March 3, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

Article ID : 310419

Last Review : September 3, 2003

Revision : 1.0

This article was previously published under Q310419

If this article does not describe your hardware-related issue, please see the following Microsoft Web site to view more articles about hardware: http://support.microsoft.com/?scidhttp://support.microsoft.com/support/windows/topics/hardware/hwddresctr.asp&FR=1 On this page

SYMPTOMS

CAUSE

RESOLUTION

MORE INFORMATION

SYMPTOMS

Under some conditions, your computer may run slowly

CAUSE

This behavior can occur for any of the following reasons: " Programs may be started automatically when you start your computer Programs that run when you start your computer typically run all the time; this uses a portion of your computer's system resources that cannot be used for any other task

" You may be running a program that creates memory leaks When you quit a program, the system resources that the program uses should be returned to the operating system However, some programs do not return all of these resources, effectively "leaking" memory, and this can create a low system-resource state

" Your computer may have a small or minimal amount of random access memory (RAM), or a slower central processing unit (CPU) For example, although Windows XP can run with a minimum of 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM, this amount of RAM may not be sufficient to maintain a high speed while you run one or more programs Also, if your computer has only the minimum CPU requirements for Windows XP (300MHz or higher), it may not be sufficient to maintain a high speed while you run one or more programs

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue: 1 Verify that any programs that start automatically when you start your computer are truly needed and, if not, quit them For example, an antivirus program is a program that you probably want to run all of the time, but you may have other less essential programs that you do not need to have running all the time " To determine which programs are running, press CTRL ALT DELETE, click Task Manager, click the Applications tab, and note of all of the programs that are listed

" To quit a program, click the Applications tab, click the program that you want to quit, and then click End Task

" To permanently prevent a program from starting automatically, view the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

310353 How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP

2 Determine if you are running programs that create memory leaks Your computer may be leaking memory if your computer becomes slow after you run and quit one or more programs If your computer runs well before you run a program, but then slows noticeably after you quit the program, the program may have a memory leak

For additional information about using performance monitor to identify memory leaks, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

130926 Using Performance Monitor To Identify A Pool Leak

To resolve this issue, contact the manufacturer of the program to inquire about the availability of a fix for this issue To work around this issue, restart your computer after you quit the program

3 If you are using the minimal amount of RAM or a slower CPU, you can add more RAM to your computer or obtain and install a faster CPU For information about how to do this, contact your computer manufacturer, or view the documentation that is included with your computer

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Posted by Eramilde of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 3, 2005