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If you computer is running very slow , the first thing you can do firts if to rmeove unnecessary program that is installed to your computer to free up some memory on the computer, then if its still running slow cleaning the computer hard drive will definitely make it fast but if you're still not satisfied with the speed after cleaning the entire hard drive upgrading the RAM/memory of the computer will really make it fast...

Hope that helps...........

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Also, make sure you have enough RAM to support your growing number of installed programs. Download and run this system scanner to check if you can add more ram to your PC:
http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/


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