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The decision of when to buy new hardware on a large scale is typically driven by changing needs in the organization. The challenge for CIOs is knowing how and when those changes translate into real hardware needs. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT Executives provides several questions to help guide IT leaders in the process.
You do a major system upgrade when you install a new operating system or a new application that requires more resources. While you can run XP with 512MB of RAM, it runs a lot better with 1GB. For the 32 bit version of Windows 7, the minimum RAM is 1GB. I ALWAYS double Microsoft's minimum system requirements. Here is the link: http://windows.microsoft.com/systemrequirements You can also download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and see what other hardware you should upgrade. Chas
I find that with the updates and some office software I see mem usage of 390 MB before running any programs (windows at rest running antivirus) the worlds changing the more MEM the better, windows XP need 1 GB min I upgraded to 3 GB on XP, windows 7 didn't do well for me with 2 GB, 4 GB works much better I went for 8 GB in my machines using the 64 bit OS. I guess it depends on what your office need all our machines got a 1 GB upgrade for normal work server are getting 8 GB