RAM Required ??

Say, Pls see attached report. What RAM chips can you suggest I get to add say 2 or 4 Gig Ram as not sure if can get DDR3 still. Pls tell me what DDR3 RAM chips are currently installed to attempt to get matching Ram.

The PC has become very sluggish - Windows 7. What can suggest to speed it up?
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
With W7 you need 1 GB and should have at least 3 GB. If x86 (32bit), adding more than 3 GB does not add memory anymore.
With x64 (64bit), you can increase the memory to much more, and 4 GB should be the minimum.

We do not see an attachment, so we have to guess about configuration and potential causes.
Having memory pressure can be a reason for a sluggish system, but the bottleneck in most cases is the harddisk, which is used more and more extensively when the system gets aged.
If you cannot isolate a single culprit, the best option for getting a fast system again without changing the PC itself is to start all over, by installing the OS again.
SSDs, more RAM, better graphic cards, uninstalling unnecessary software running in background all the time, all this can make a difference, but it depends.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  The PC has become very sluggish - Windows 7. What can suggest to speed it up?

Run AdwareCleaner http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ over your system.  If if finds stuff then delete the malware and then run Malwarebytes https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/ (the free version) after that.  Then see if your system speed has increased.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the machine used to be fast, do the following:

1. Remove temporary files with Disk Cleanup in admin tools. Select most options for the deletions. Temporary files can bog a computer down.
2. Run Disk Defrag in admin tools. If the disk is badly fragmented, the computer will slow down.
3. Check for viruses and malware. Run your own anti virus software and then Malwarebytes.

Is the machine Windows 7 32-bit?  That will never be really fast.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
John, I disagree. W7 x64 is not faster than W7 x86. Only if the boundaries are exceeded, e.g. more memory than ~ 3.5 GB needed, x64 will have an effect. On the other side, x64 needs more memory.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I'd check the following:

1. Number if apps running in your startup. Run msconfig and check the apps listing on the startup tab. uncheck the ones you don't need running at startup.

2. Open a command prompt, type SFC /scannow
This checks your system files to see if there is anything corrupt or damaged.

3. Open the Event Viewer and check all logs for errors or warnings.
4. Update your drivers and Bios. Check at the manufacturer's site for updates.
5. Uninstall old apps you no longer need or plan to use in the future.
6. Checked the fragmentation of our drives.
7. Run Windows update a few times to make sure Windows is up to date.
"Pls see attached report"
No such attachment...
Please give specs. of your present system for further advice.

Check all hardware with UBCD diagnostic tests:

Memory upgrades can be found by using:
Crucial System Scanner
shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
apologies. now attachedSW1.zip
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
You've got 4 Gb of memory which is adequate for Windows 7.

Run the AdwareCleaner as I suggested above.  Your symptoms are typical of a malware infested system.
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