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Running Windows 7 pro on an HP 4545S laptop.  The laptop runs slowly.

What steps would you take to determine if the laptop is swapping excessively because of lack of memory?
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Two questions.  #1. Do you have as much ram as you can get or afford?  #2. What runs slowly?  I get customers claiming that their computer runs slows when it is really their internet connection is not very fast but they don't want to pay for a faster connection.
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Get process explorer, run it, then go to View->System information (CTRL+I).

It has a very informative page on memory. Including paging.

HTH,
Dan
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you can use task manager for this -CTRL+Alt+Del
select performance tab, then click source monitor knob
now select ram, cpu or disk as wanted and watch activity graphs
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Thank you, all, I forgot about Sysintermals.
Mr Baldwin:  My laptop began to slow down about 2 weeks ago.  The only changes to it were downloading and installing Microsoft patches.  
It seems to me the disk light is flashing far more often than usual.
I need to find a way to monitor the activity of the laptop .  I will look at Sysinternals to see if it can give me the data I need.  I will also read more about Perfmon.
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And anti-virus updates.  If you can add more RAM, it can lessen the amount of swapping to disk which almost always speeds up your computer.
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i also test ram and disk - i use the ubcd for that http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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