When to Upgrade

 

Dear Computer Lady,

Your newsletter is wonderful! It must the only one written in English not”computer speak.”

My computer is about three years old with ME as the operating system. Should I consider upgrading to XP or leave well enough alone. How do you decide when to upgrade?

Thank you so very much. 

Regards,Judy

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Dear Judy,

This is a good question, and one that many people are asking themselves at this time. 

The first thing you need to know, is that Windows XP requires more of your computer’s resources than Windows ME or 98. If your computer does not have at least a 500Mhz processor 128MB of ram and a 20Gig hard drive then you would be better off to wait until you get a new computer. 

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Windows Xp will run with a 500MHz processor and 128MB of RAM, but it will run slowly. If it is at all possible, you should upgrade the RAM in your computer to 256MB or higher.

You can quickly order the right kind of RAM and know exactly how much your computer can take by going online to www.crucial.com and using their online memory advisor. In three steps you will find out exactly what kind and how much memory to buy.

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If your processor is too slow, or hard drive too small, you will have a harder time upgrading them. Often, you will have to replace the whole mother board just to get a faster processor.

Elizabeth

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