Make your Windows 7 laptop faster by increasing the RAM size

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Posted by on Friday October 18, 2013 at 11:51:50:

For almost a year now, I had been using a very slow and refurbished Toshiba laptop together with my other much faster Sony Vaio laptop. Both laptops were running on an original Windows 7 Os but I was really annoyed that my older laptop was not as fast as the Sony one.

I got the Toshiba laptop from Amazon and then it came with a Windows XP operating system already pre-installed. It was much faster then but after a while, I noticed that the OS was an unregistered one and I had to upgrade it to a genuine Windows software. However, after several weeks of using it after the Windows 7 installation as well as Norton Antovirus, I noticed that my system was a bit much slower than it usually was.

I was a bit tempted to downgrade the software to Windows XP since the laptop was designed to work optimally with Windows XP. I guess a lot of people have experienced this also when they upgrade their systems to a Windows 7 or 8 OS and they'd feel that the good old Windows XP worked much better for them than the new Windows 7 or 8.

Well, since my laptop was getting slow and so was slowing me down, I did a lot of things to try to increase its speed. Yeah, I did a lot of things that didn't really help that much. I deleted and transferred some old files, uninstalled some programs I rarely used and even used 2 8gb Flash drives to improve its speed using Readyboost. Well, Readyboost which came in Windows 7 and works with USB 2.0 ports did work well but still, the laptop working on the new Windows 7 was still not as fast as my Sony Vaio. I also tried to switch off Norton antivirus once in a while and it kinda helped but all my efforts was just not enough in speeding up my laptop to the level it once was when I was using Windows XP.

The last thing I did do was in upgrading the RAM size and that solved the problem. I'd always known that RAM size plays an important part in the speed of one's computer but I didn't take note of the fact that my faster computer was working with two 4GB RAM units while the slower laptop which was built for Windows XP was still working on two 500MB RAM units. So, I guess, the slower computer was doing its best given the little RAM size it was working with.

What I did was to remove the 1GB RAM and replaced it with 4GB RAM units and the Windows 7 laptop which was initially much slower experienced a sudden boost in speed and response rate. Nowadays, my upgrade Laptop no longer hangs or slows down when I'm using heavy or light programs. I guess 4GB RAM should be recommended for Windows 7 computers and higher. Working with 1GB RAM for Windows 7 would only slow down your productivity.


Re: Make your Windows 7 laptop faster by increasing the RAM size Reply by JULIUS on Thursday January 15, 2015 at 23:7:47:

please i have slow performance with my window 7 starters with inbuilt 2GB ram.I will be very happy if u can teach me how i can upgrade the RAM

Re: Make your Windows 7 laptop faster by increasing the RAM size Reply by Felix Okoli on Thursday January 15, 2015 at 23:7:47:

Firs of all power off your laptop. Then, locate the position of RAM in your laptop. It's normally located under your laptop and secured with a screw. Just unscrew the RAM cover, slide out the RAM, buy a similar one with maybe 4GB and then slide it in.

Your laptop will now be faster with the new 4GB RAM.

Re: Make your Windows 7 laptop faster by increasing the RAM size Reply by Felix Okoli on Thursday January 15, 2015 at 23:7:47:

You can also make use of an external flash drive to make your laptop faster using Windows Readyboost software. I normally recommend getting a Sandisk Cruzer 8GB for this case. Just plug in the flash drive and allow your laptop to discover it. When it gives you options, choose to "Speed up my system" and it will set up Windows Readyboost on your system. You will then need to be using that flash drive anytime you use the laptop if you want it to offer you a faster service.

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