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PC runs slow. Only has 512 RAM. Is there space for more? Machine is a Sony VAIO, about 7 yrs old. Model PCV 2234

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512MB you mentiion is probably just your PC RAM ie memory.

Determine how much free space on Hard drive (HDD) in general.

1. Log into your user account in Windows XP, Vista or 7, and open the "Start" menu.

2. Click on "Computer" (Windows Vista/7) or "My Computer" (Windows XP) to display disk icons representing hard drives.

3. Right-click on the hard drive icon (most likely disk "C:") and choose "Properties" from the context menu.

4. Click on the "General" tab and read the free space (in gigabytes, or GB) on the disk.

5. Continue with Steps 3 and 4 to determine the free space on any other hard drives on your computer if you have more than one hard drive installed or if you have 2 partitions on a HDD.

6. Add up the available space on all hard drives to calculate how much space is on your computer.

For example, if 12GB are free on the "C:" drive and 20GB are available on the "D:" drive then the total available space on the computer is 12 + 20 or 32GB.

For a slow PC there are due to several reasons,
1. Disk(HDD) space is getting filled up
2. Unnecessary or useless startup programs
3. PC bloated with junk files
4. Malware, Virus, unwanted programs, etc... infections


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Hi 2x1GB Memory RAM for Sony Vaio PCV-RS411 (PCV-2234) PCV-RS420 2x1GB .this is the total ram spec for your model .before thinking of upgrading your memory .check a few other solutions first,maybe your particular set of windows has become corrupt in which case save all data to a disc/ or flash drive /and re-install a fresh setof whichever windows your using/another problem could be a virus in which case use a good antivirus package .like trojan remover or bart antivirus..also have a look at which viral pack your using on your system now some of these babys can slow your system to a halt .please let me know if i can be any more help?

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1. Wait the long 5 minutes for your computer to boot. Once you're on the desktop, go to the start menu. Select "run..." Type "msconfig" (no quotes) into the box. The Microsoft system configuration utility should pop up (if you're on Windows XP, Windows 2K users visit:

Once this handy tool pops up go to the "Startup" tab...
You will see a list of every process that runs on system startup. Some of these should look familiar; if you know what a program on this list is and you know you don't want it loading on system startup, uncheck it. There will probably be items on the list that you don't recognize. Any of the things on this list can be googled; you'll find a page which explains what a process is, and if it's vital to the system or not. Anything non-essential or unwanted should just be unchecked. Without having to load all that additional garbage your aging computer should boot up much faster (depending on how many processes you disabled). When you exit the msconfig utility you'll see a message about restarting now or later; you are not required to restart right after you do this.

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