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How much memory do I need?
For a computer running Windows XP, you should start with a minimum of 512MB (Megabytes) of RAM (Random Access Memory). Windows will run on less, but the addtional software you operate will make the system very sluggish. Windows Vista should be given 1GB for general use.

For better performance on XP, opt for 1GB (Gigabyte) of RAM, especially if you wish to edit video, view DVDs or play many of the newest games. For most users who simply surf the Internet, check e-mail, do their finances and type up documents, 512MB will be plenty on XP. Those who wish to achieve best performance in Windows Vista should run their systems with 2GB or more of RAM.

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