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Slow computer I have a Dell computer running a Home Edition Windows XP (OS). The rest of my computers are Windows XP Pro(OS). Can I install the Pro on the computer so that it can run faster?

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Pro won't make it run faster. Make sure the processor is fast enough to handle XP. If it's an older computer you've upgraded to XP, it may not have the horsepower.

Read this page from Microsoft:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865

If the CPU conforms, the best thing to do is add RAM. I recommend a minimum of 1 GB for XP machines.

Make sure the hard drive is not nearly full, as that will limit the paging file that Windows uses. If your drive is near capacity (+90% full) it will slow down any computer, regardless of how much memory you have, or what speed the CPU is.

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