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How to Increase the Memory Capability of Your Computer
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This article describes how to increase your computer's memory capability or available random access memory (RAM). This may be useful if you want to increase your computer speed and performance so that you can run more programs simultaneously, and so on. NOTE: This article is for informational use only. It does not contain any troubleshooting information. If you are searching for troubleshooting information that is not mentioned in this article, search the Microsoft Knowledge Base again by using keywords that are listed in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
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To increase your computer's memory capability or available RAM, use either of the following methods:
Note: Although there are different types of memory in a computer, this article only describes computer RAM and virtual memory.
Increase the Amount of RAM in Your ComputerFor information about how to add more RAM to your computer, contact the manufacturer of the computer, or view the documentation that is included with your computer.
When you consider increasing the RAM on your computer, keep in mind that you are adding a physical piece of hardware to your computer. Understand that there are risks involved with replacing hardware components in your computer, so you should consult your hardware manufacturer or an organization that specializes in hardware if you have questions. For RAM to work correctly in your computer, it must comply with the requirements of your motherboard.
IMPORTANT: Note the following precautions before you upgrade the RAM on your computer:
Alter Your Virtual Memory SettingsWindows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, and Windows 95 use virtual memory to augment your computer RAM. Virtual memory is a method of using your hard disk as temporary storage for data that may normally be stored in RAM. By using this method, Windows can provide extra resources that effectively add additional "virtual" memory and extend your computer's capabilities.
WARNING: Although you can alter the virtual memory settings, they are already configured for you by default; do not alter the virtual memory settings unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. Also, before you alter these settings, note the current configuration information so you that can restore the original settings if necessary.
To alter the virtual memory settings: