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when is best time to ditch my Windows XP SP3 laptop?


Markito

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I ask this because it will mean having to buy a new laptop since mine is an H.P. Compaq 2GHz, 2 x 1 GB, 160 GB, almost 5 years old. It works perfectly, but I understand its comparatively small disk / memory won't allow me to up-grade to a later, hungrier version of Windows.

So should I buy now - well before XP support ends - or wait another year? I don't know whether waiting will enable me to have an even more up-to-date version of Windows, or whether the manufacturers will see XP's demise as a chance to raise prices for all the last minute customers.

(By the way, I am a light user; just e-mails and web surfing.)

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rickf

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Yes, buy another 2g ram to make 4g but make sure they are compatible. Look at the type of ram you have already in the laptop and buy the same specs.

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tigertop2

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Well said rickf. Too often reasonably good laptops are discarded when all they need is additional RAM and maybe a bigger hard drive

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Markito

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Thanks again guys. You've really been a great help.

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woodchip

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Before Buying Ram check how many slots its got as you may need to remove the one gig strips and replace with two gig strips

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Marg7

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Crucial is a good place to buy RAM. You can either choose if you know the details of your motherboard or they have a tool to scan for compatibility. Sometimes RAM may appear to be the correct specifications, but won't physically fit - I had this happen once years ago when a local computer shop ordered it for me. Since then I have always bought from Crucial with no problems. http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/drammemory.aspx

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lotvic

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Same as Marg7, I get mine from Crucial, guaranteed to be compatible.

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Markito

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Thanks again, all of you.

Due to this forum I'll be saving myself a lot of money.

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