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    Ram requirement for various OS

    How much RAM installed in your PC?
    How much RAM allocated?


    Everything depends on the operating system and use of the PC.

    The greater the amount of memory, the greater the gain in performance is significant. But installing more than 512 million (or 1024 for a recent system) will benefit not only for the use of 3D software gourmands resources (games, video editing, design software .).

    The following values are minima's given as indicative.
    These values can vary depending on the processor and peripherals installed.

    OS: Windows XP
    Use: Office + surf Internet
    RAM: mini 256 million, 512 million for the use of multiple applications.

    OS: Windows XP
    Use: 3D Games moderately greedy, image processing current (photo).
    RAM: 512 million mini.

    OS: Windows XP
    Use: 3D Games recent video editing.
    RAM: 1024 million mini.

    OS: Windows 2000 Pro
    Use: Office + surf Internet
    RAM: mini 192 million, 256 million for the use of multiple applications.

    OS: Windows 2000 Pro
    Use: 3D Games moderately greedy, image processing current (photo).
    RAM: 256 to 384 million.

    OS: Windows 2000 Pro
    Use: 3D Games recent video editing.
    RAM: 512 million mini.

    OS: Windows 98, 95 and NT 4.0
    Use: Office + surf Internet
    RAM: 64 million mini, 128 MB for the use of multiple applications.

    OS: Windows 98, 95 and NT 4.0
    Use: 3D Games moderately greedy, image processing current (photo).
    RAM: 128 million mini.

    OS: Windows Vista (without Aero interface)
    Use: Office + surf Internet
    RAM: 512 million mini.

    OS: Windows Vista (with Aero interface)
    Use: Office + surf Internet
    RAM: 1 Gio mini (with a powerful graphics card).

    OS: Windows Vista (with Aero interface)
    Use: 3D Games recent + video editing
    RAM: 1.5 to 2 Gio following the game (with a powerful graphics card).

    Ideally, it will set the size of the swap to 1.5 times the amount of RAM installed.
    To adjust the size of the swap, go to:
    • Start> Control Panel> System


    Under Vista: Advanced System Settings
    Under other Windows: Advanced

    • Under "Performance", click "Settings"
    • Go under the Advanced tab
    • Under "Virtual Memory", click "Edit"
    • Set the amount of RAM on a hard and fast with enough free space,
    • according to the following criteria:


    Initial size = 1.5 times the amount of RAM installed.
    Size = 2 times the original size.

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    Is there any such hard and fast rule that this much of Ram should be there for this operating system? I have seen some computers working with lower Ram than their OS requires. Some might lag a little but still they work.

    Anyways, this is a very nice information and will help to decide the proper quantity of Ram for any OS as almost all of the recent operating systems are listed here

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