RAM Basics, How Much Memory Is Enough?

By Gordon Ryan

Software is hungry for memory, we now have the ability to run multiple applications on our computers due to multiple core processors and larger capacity Random Access Memory (RAM) but how much RAM do we actually need? Do we just shell out our hard earned bucks on having the latest memory or is there a limit to the performance that we will notice with memory upgrades?. It is possible that for your particular needs you have enough RAM and your upgrades can be better made on more storage space, a new monitor, accessories etc. but it is also possible that the amount of RAM you currently have is not enough and you are suffering constant crashes and slow performance. There are some basics when choosing RAM, we have consulted with many specialists for tips, here are some things to consider before investing on an upgrade: Limit on your computer The first thing to check is the limit that your current computer has on RAM, you can check this by going to the manufacturer of your computer and checking your model to see your specific limit. To see how a specs sheet looks you can visit this Dell Spec Sheet. Here is an example on how the memory specs might look:

RAM Specs

This particular model supports 8GB max and comes with 4GB from the factory so you have the opportunity of doubling the RAM to see increased performance. Form Factor Another crucial thing to consider when buying RAM is the form factor, there are a variety of different form factors on the market, some are for laptops and some for desktops. The form factor is basically the hardware design standard, it involves its shape, size and other attributes that will allow you to fit the RAM on your specific motherboard, in the following sample you can see that the same memory modules these vendor is selling comes in 2 different form factors:

RAM Form Factors

You can visit the following link to see all the other product specifications related to this particular model. Be sure to check your computer specs before ordering your new modules. Capacity When buying RAM you have several options on the capacity of the modules you are buying, if you have an 8GB limit you can opt to get a single 8GB module or 2x 4GB modules, this will all depend on the limit on your specific motherboard. You have to take in consideration future upgrades and the amount of available slots on your system, if you’re planning on more future upgrades it would be wise to get a higher capacity single module so you have another empty slot for when you need to upgrade.

Typical desktop configuration.

 Typical desktop configuration.

The amount of slots varies from system to system, laptops usually just have 2 slots, and for desktops the common configuration is 2 or 4 slots, be wary that it is good practice to install memory modules in pairs, matching speed and capacity, in order to not have trouble with the memory communicating invest on the same brand, model and capacity modules, if you have 16GB you can get 2x 8GB modules of the same model, or 4x 4GB if you have the RAM slots available.

Your memory needs are going to vary depending on how memory hungry the software you use is, if you do a lot of video editing for example you are going to need way more RAM than your typical office worker. You now have a starting point on one of the best upgrades you can do to your computer.

How to Block the Windows 10 Upgrade

It was an uneventful day last July 29, 2015 until I turned on my laptop and saw the notice that there is a new Windows 10 update (KB3035583) and that it is available for download for free.  I was quite happy about my previous Windows 8 OS but after a few months opted to go for the upgrade through the encouragement of my friends.  It was a great experience as the new upgrade was much better than my old system.  However, if you belong to those type of individuals where you would rather stick to what you know is true and works for you and you held on to your old set up by opting not to install Windows 10, then here is a heads up, Microsoft just went on with the update without you knowing.

Unauthorized Download

Various reports have noted that some Australian users were prompted to restart their computers by way for an update by Windows.  Later when they restarted or reopened their computers, it caused errors at startup or changed the set-up entirely.  This can be a major pain especially when you are an avid user of your computer or you use it at work.  So how do we solve this problem?

How to Uninstall

This anomaly can be remedied in two ways, first downloading the GWX Control Panel which you will have to install and then run; and the other is to manually uninstall and block it.  After downloading the GWX Control Panel and running it, try to explore and check some options available for selection and do the necessary changes in the options to the default settings.  What it does is that it gives you the option to permanently remove the Get Windows 10 icon.  It also prevents your computer to secretly download Windows 10 related files while updating as well as prevent it from upgrading your system into Windows 10.

Windows 10 Upgrade Block

The GWX Control Panel is safe and free and does not interrupt the daily processes of your Windows 7 or 8.  It keeps you safe from Windows 10 and at the same time does not hide the updates needed for your current settings.  Another important factor of this download is that it does not collect data or any details with regards to the user and no other software is involved.  It is pure and simple, download and install the program then run it and your problem is solved.

In order to be completely sure that you have everything solved, and no residual files are left in your system related to Windows 10 and if you have already installed Windows 10 unwittingly, run your Windows Update Trouble shooter and follow the instructions to fix the problem and that’s it.

Manual Troubleshooting

This method involves you to manually find, select and uninstall the files related to the Windows 10 upgrade. To do this, you need to go into or find the Programs and Features selection from your Start Menu and then click in the “view installed updates” which is found on the left side of the window.  After that, you need to locate the following update files: 3035583, 2952664 and 3021917 (for Windows 7) and 3035583 and 2976978 (for Windows 8).  Once located, uninstall and click restart later after the removal process.

Windows 10 Upgrade

Once removed, the update must be blocked which you can do by searching for the Windows Update in your Start Menu and then checking for updates.  Once you see all the files as written above, select “important update is available” and hide each one respectively.

Using one of the two options above would solve your problem and should you later want to finally upgrade into Windows 10, you need to reactivate the blocked files and get on with it.  If this article was of any help to you, please like, share it with others and don’t forget to leave a comment below. Thanks!

How To Fix Svchost Using All The Memory In Windows 8

There are many problems, which occurs in windows. Of these problems, the svchost.exe problem is very common. Svchost.exe is a generic process which loads several other applications in the system for proper window functioning. It is a legitimate process, but people have been complaining about several problems, which occur because of svchost. If your computer is hogging and not starting its functions because of svchost, then you must look for a solution. There are many ways of solving the problem of Svchost. It is caused mainly because of viral activities or windows update. Some of the solutions are mentioned below:

Solution for solving svchost problem
➢ Scan your computer: many virus or malware can cause the problem of the scchost.exe problem. So before you continue to troubleshoot for svchost, you must scan your system for detecting any viral presence. Using malware scan guide you can remove the malware.

➢ Disable the service: svchost.exe is used by several services in order to run them. So you need to search that which service is causing you system to hog the other programs. It includes huge process. Firstly you have to click “alt+ctrl+del”. Then you need to select “start task manager” option”. The next process is big. You need to identify the high usage svchost services and disable the service.

➢ Clear event viewer log: In certain cases, the problem of svchost.exe has to do with the large event viewer log files in windows event viewer. So you need to clear the large log files. To this, you have to go through a long process. First you have to press “windows button+ R”. In the run box, you have to type “eventvwr” and press enter. The dialog box will show “window logs” option. You need to click the option and clear the log files from there.

➢ Windows update problem: in many systems the problem of svcost.exe occur due to the window updates problem. In such cases, you need your system to stop updating programs. To stop this problem from occurring, you need to follow few steps. Press windows button + R. you will see the run box appearing. Type In the box “services.msc” and press enter. Search for “window update” option. Right clock on the folder and click stop. Then navigate “c: windows” folder. Delete “software distribution folder”. Finally, restart your computer.
These above steps will help you to solve the problem of svchost problems. It is a huge problem. But the solution is very simple. You just have to go to the internet for deeper research in this field. You can appropriate solution to this problem. This problem does not help in proper functioning of your computer. It is a very important problem, which can cause serious damage to the computer. Better solutions can prevent it from damaging. Antivirus protects your computer from such damages. For deeper cleaning, one has to follow the bigger process of cleaning the malware of the computer. It is the best way to clean the malware.

This error becomes very frustrating when you are looking to play games on your laptop. So, I would suggest going only with gaming laptops under 500 which come with Windows 10 in order to not have this error.

The Importance Of Computers And Technology In Todays World

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A соmрutеr can bе defined аѕ a gеnеrаl purpose dеvісе thаt is рrоgrаmmеd іn a way thаt іt саn carry оut a ѕеt оf logical as well аѕ аrіthmеtіс ореrаtіоnѕ іn аn automatic manner. Aѕ a ѕеԛuеnсе оf operations саn be сhаngеd rеаdіlу, thе соmрutеr is сараblе оf solving mоrе than оnе рrоblеm.

Cоnvеntіоnаllу, a раrtісulаr соmрutеr соnѕіѕtѕ оf at least оnе еlеmеnt fоr рrосеѕѕіng which іѕ typically саllеd thе CPU and thеrе іѕ аlѕо ѕоmе fоrm оf mеmоrу. Thіѕ processing еlеmеnt саrrіеѕ оut vаrіоuѕ аrіthmеtіс аѕ wеll аѕ logical ореrаtіоnѕ and аlѕо sequencing and a control unit.

Thе computer ѕуѕtеm іѕ nоt аt all a simple mасhіnе. It іѕ just like a vеrу mоdеrn аnd a very highly complex calculator. It is сараblе оf dоіng or performing almost аll the funсtіоnѕ аt a vеrу ѕрееdу rate whісh hеlрѕ us a lоt tо рrоgrеѕѕ and search іn оur buѕіnеѕѕеѕ аnd homes. A computer саn thеrеfоrе be саllеd аѕ a саlсulаtоr that іnсludеѕ a twіѕt аѕ it nоt only реrfоrmѕ very fast саlсulаtіоnѕ, but іt іѕ аlѕо capable of hаvіng various other ѕресіаl characteristics. The соmрutеr has changed thе mаnnеr in whісh man іѕ wіtnеѕѕіng thіngѕ.

Thеѕе соmрutеrѕ hаvе trаnѕfоrmеd in ѕuсh a mаnnеr that thеу hаvе become аn unavoidable part of оur lіfе. Thеу are іnvоlvеd іn thе success аnd dеvеlорmеnt оf each аnd еvеrу individual. They аrе no longer оwnеd оnlу bу rich аnd wealthy реорlе. Cоmрutеrѕ have thе сараbіlіtу оf trаnѕfоrmіng the country іn the соmіng years аnd dауѕ. Thе ассurаtе knоwlеdgе оf a соmрutеr whісh bе hеlрful іn bringing a сhаngе іn a very аѕtоnіѕhіng mаnnеr. It wіll lеаd tо орtіmіѕm аnd the dеmоlіtіоn of іllіtеrасу аѕ well.

Cоmрutеrѕ hаvе been allotted a very іntеgrаl role to play thеѕе days. Thеу are used іn еvеrу оffісе, hоmе оr ѕhор bесаuѕе of thеіr еvеr іnсrеаѕіng utіlіtу. Cоmрutеrѕ are grаduаllу аnd slowly реnеtrаtіng thrоugh the mоdеrn ѕосіеtу аѕ people аrе getting more and more орtіmіѕtіс аbоut the promises mаdе by this іnvеntіоn. Thеу аrе аlѕо used in businesses, industry аnd gоvеrnmеnt ѕесtоrѕ.

Computers hеlр the users to save ѕо muсh оf mаnuаl роwеr, tіmе аnd соѕt whісh іѕ a great thіng fоr us аt thіѕ point of time. Inѕtеаd of ѕреndіng countless hоurѕ of mаnuаl wоrk, іt іѕ a grеаt thing that wе саn finish the ѕаmе work іn a fеw mіnutеѕ bу uѕіng a computer. It іѕ оnе оf thе important роіntѕ.