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Windows 7: bleeding RAM

23 Nov 2010   #11
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Some good advice there. Windows 7 will work with just 1GB of RAM, indeed it can work with less, but its performance will not be satisfactory. I therefore recommend that you increase the amount of RAM to 2GB minimum. You will be better off replacing what you have already got with a 2GB kit or a 4GB kit (and hence enabling dual-channel memory, if your motherboard supports it) rather than getting an additional stick to what you have already got, unless you can match the specifications (timings and speed).

This Tutorial might also prove useful to eek out some extra performance: Optimize Windows 7

You might also try the following:

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use to free up any space on your HDD.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums to optimise your paging file (set to System managed size and Automatically manage paging file size for all drives).

Disk Defragmenter - Open and Use to rearrange data/files on your HDD so that it performs more efficiently.


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23 Nov 2010   #12
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Some good advice there. Windows 7 will work with just 1GB of RAM, indeed it can work with less, but its performance will not be satisfactory. I therefore recommend that you increase the amount of RAM to 2GB minimum. You will be better off replacing what you have already got with a 2GB kit or a 4GB kit (and hence enabling dual-channel memory, if your motherboard supports it) rather than getting an additional stick to what you have already got, unless you can match the specifications (timings and speed).

This Tutorial might also prove useful to eek out some extra performance: Optimize Windows 7

You might also try the following:

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use to free up any space on your HDD.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums to optimise your paging file (set to System managed size and Automatically manage paging file size for all drives).

Disk Defragmenter - Open and Use to rearrange data/files on your HDD so that it performs more efficiently.
Just a thought, since hes running win7 his machine should already be setup for windows defrag.

In addition to your software I would recommend CCleaner. (can be found at FileHippo.com - Download Free Software)
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23 Nov 2010   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The fact you have so little free space can also greatly hinder your performance. Drives are dirt cheap now, so I'd spring for more memory and a larger, faster hard drive.
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23 Nov 2010   #14
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lunarpancake View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
Thanks for all your replies.In hindsight i knew my pc has just bare specs for win7 still meant to get opinion form others.

back to winxp i guess
I would check crucial before you go back to xp. Ram is very inexpensive and chances are you can get another gig for less than $35 shipped. Or check ebay or craigslist if you want it cheaper (with slight risk) Its worth it vs going back to XP!

On a second note...you will have much better system performance with windows 7 on 2gig of ram vs XP on 1 gig. Windows 7 is MUCH better at allocating ram for programs and system use compared to XP.
I have legacy intel motherboard bought in 2006 and it doesnt support the newer DDR RAM drives.The ones which really fit in ma motherboard are hard to find and are well a tad expensive.
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23 Nov 2010   #15
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

What is the full model number of your motherboard?
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23 Nov 2010   #16
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome
Duplicating the advice of some of the others, especially Dwarf, here is my advice
Suggestions for Proper Maintenance
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23 Nov 2010   #17
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
I have legacy intel motherboard bought in 2006 and it doesnt support the newer DDR RAM drives.The ones which really fit in ma motherboard are hard to find and are well a tad expensive.
We aren't talking about RAM drives here...but system RAM. Crucial will tell you how much and what type your board will support, and give you a price. They are usually fairly competitive, but then you'll know what to look for on Ebay or forum boards, etc.
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23 Nov 2010   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
I have legacy intel motherboard bought in 2006 and it doesnt support the newer DDR RAM drives.The ones which really fit in ma motherboard are hard to find and are well a tad expensive.
In your specs, you say you are running a core 2 duo. I don't think that RAM for a Core 2 Duo should be hard to find or more expensive at this point.
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23 Nov 2010   #19
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
What is the full model number of your motherboard?

i have ASUStek P5P800VM BIOS version 0205 american megatrends

Processor : 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
Memory : 1024 MB
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23 Nov 2010   #20
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

EDIT - According to your motherboard this is what you need RAM-wise:


DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR400

Looks to be $50 for two 512mb modules on crucial.


I have 1 gig of this ram I pulled from a working machine not too long ago. Send me a PM if you would like to work something out heavily in your favor. I hope this doesn't violate any forum rules, i'm just trying to help you out.
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