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10-06-2007, 03:28 PM
Our latest donation received is an IBM Netvista P4 2.4 Before adding any student software, I will run Everest Home Edition for a printout of the system as is. It is only Windows XP SP1 and I want to upgrade this to SP2. Being an IBM is there anything I use back up before this procedure? It definitely needs RAM as it came with only 256. What is the minimum RAM we should be looking at to run XP , Word, and Excel?

10-06-2007, 03:37 PM
XP has a sweet spot of 1gig

10-06-2007, 03:39 PM
You can run XP with 512MB but it will be slow and barely run the applications, depending on the applications and if it has onboard video, it is much happier with 1 GB RAM.
You want to be certain to clean off any spyware before attempting the SP2 upgrade.
Do you have the SP2 upgrade available on disk? If not you can download it from the MS Developer site.

It is a large download (266MB), hope you have a good broadband connection.

10-06-2007, 03:41 PM
Depending on what you are going to do, XP will run fine with 512 if you are browsing the web and doing basic office tasks. Will it perform better with a GIG, sure. It will also perform better with 2 GB.......

10-06-2007, 04:25 PM
Back in 2001, I used to game on WinXP with only 256MB of RAM! :eek: It was doable, but my more instensive games at the time recieved a nice doubling of their frame rates when I upgraded to 768MB of RAM. ;)

WinXP is fine on 512MB of RAM as long as you keep it lean. Opening all the programs of an entire office suite at once will obviously drag it down, but otherwise it's pretty good. Although, at this point, I'd recommend an upgrade like I did back in the day. You've got 256 in there - just add another 512! 768MB is a lot closer to 1GB than 512MB! ;) :p