Oftentimes, a computer just needs some extra memory to handle extra tasks. This applies to old computers as well as new ones. If you’d like to upgrade an older computer to a newer operating system, here is a brief guide based on memory recommendations alone:
Windows XP……….1 Gigabyte
Windows Vista…..2 Gigabytes or more
Windows 7…………2 Gigabytes or more
Windows 8…………2 Gigabytes or more
Windows 10……….2 Gigabytes or more
most Linux…………2 Gigabytes or more
If your computer seems reasonably fast, but then slows down with a lot of hard drive activity after you load Office and a couple of internet browser windows, then you might benefit from some extra memory. Keep in mind that memory is not the same as hard drive space. Typical hard drives range from about 60 Gigabytes to 2 Terabytes. Conventional computers never have terabytes of memory.
If you really want to be able to handle a massive number of tasks, then you might want a fast processor on a new mainboard with 8 Gigabytes or more of memory and a large hard drive. Sometimes, this amounts to a new custom computer (our specialty). You may be able to take all of your old computers and move them into one of these new fast computers with lots of memory. See the image below.