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It takes 5 minutes for my computer to boot up. It's a 7-yr old Dell with XP. Also, I've been getting a message "Virtual Memory Minimum too Low". What can I do to fix it or should I buy a new computer?

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After seven years Windows tends to accumulate lots of "trash" in the system, especially if you installed a lot of programs over the years.
First step I would suggest is to try a good disk defragmentation software. You can download and install a trial version of PerfectDisk, or a completely free Auslogics application: http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/
Run it several times and see if it makes things better. If the improvement is not enough, a good move would be to get someone experienced to save your personal files somewhere safe (a USB disk for example), then format (wipe) the disk completely and reinstall Windows from scratch + all the updates + the software you really use.
Seven years can be a lot, if you are after power-hungry modern applications and games. However, if you just want to use it for simple stuff, it can be quite enough. You don't provide the specs, but a simple RAM upgrade may just do the trick of making the machine comfortable enough to use.


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Hi , no do not, just format and reinstall windows, remember that its better to have a new computer for the new ciberthings , but you can use the old to

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