Determine if Memory has Been Optimized
Random Access Memory (RAM) is a type of hardware that your computer uses to store information. Adding memory is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your computer's performance. However, before adding memory, consider taking steps that better utilize the memory you already have.
|For additional information about upgrading memory, visit the Dell Memory Selector.|
Verify the Virtual Memory Paging File Size
|If the icons are in Category View, click Classic View to list icons individually.|
|You can manually adjust the size by clicking Custom Size and typing a new size in the Initial and Maximum boxes. The size is limited by the total amount of free space on the hard drive. You may be able to improve a program's performance by manually increasing the paging file size; refer to the program's vendor for recommended settings.|
Defragment the Hard Drive
, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
2 Click the (C:) drive, or the drive you want to defragment, and click
|Defragmenting the hard drive can take anywhere from a few minutes to more than an hour depending on the hard drive size and the amount of data stored on the drive.|
Troubleshooting Disk Defragmenter
If you encounter problems running Disk Defragmenter, try the following:
If the message Drive Contents Have Changed: Restarting appears while running Disk Defragmenter, refer to the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: "'Drive's Contents Have Changed: Restarting' Message When You Use Disk Defragmenter" Article ID: 310541.
If any other error message appears while running Disk Defragmenter, check the hard drive for errors. For more information, refer to the Dell Knowledge Base Article: "How Do I Perform Hard Disk Error Checking in Microsoft Windows XP" Article ID: 120275.
For more information about troubleshooting the Disk Defragmenter, refer to the Microsoft Support, or view some of the articles below.
Visit the Dell Community Forum for More Information
Visit the Dell Community Forums to find out what others in the Dell user community are saying. The Dell Community Forums provide a place for Dell users to discuss support topics, to learn, and to help each other. Use the message boards to post questions and answers.
Article ID: SLN60463
Last Date Modified: 04/04/2016 08:51 AM