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Introduction

One of the main factors that determine the speed of a PC is the amount of memory it has and how the PC manages it. Therefore, a PC with 16MB of RAM is, in theory, faster than a PC with 32MB. The reason for this may be that the computer with 16MB is high on system memory; and hardly any programs run in the background or at startup. Another reason could be that its hard disk is defragged and, let's say, the swap file is properly configured according to the amount of memory and hard disk space available.

Of course, having said that, it is not true that if the same number of programs are running on both machines with the specifications above, the 16MB would be faster.  The advantage of 32MB over the 16MB is that it can handle more load and programs running at the same time. This means that it depends less often than the 16MB on swap files or using the hard disk as a virtual memory space.  Therefore, how the memory is managed is more important than the amount available. A company with $20,000 can make a higher profit than another with $200,000if it manages itself better.

As for you, if you are looking for ways to speed up your system, always make sure to frequently defrag your drive and run Scandisk. The latest version of Windows (XP) has an option to defrag your drive in a way where the files you use most often load faster.  Then, try to get rid of programs running in the background or at startup if they are not that important because they love eating up system resources. You can do this by running msconfig from the Run command and switch to the Startup tab.  You can also manage your virtual memory if you know what you're doing for a larger speed boost.