As technology becomes better and better, more people are finding that they can perform almost all of their computer applications on a laptop. Previously, true technology aficionados would have a desktop at home that held most of their power and would carry a laptop with them for portable technology that didn't require a lot of heavy lifting. Today, however, except for a few rare occasions, laptops can replace desktops. One of the reasons that this is true is because laptop memory is increasing.
There are essentially two types of computer memory. The long term memory is like a huge bank vault that stores your information for an indefinite period of time. These vaults can be huge; it is not uncommon to see four hundred GBs of memory these days. RAM, or random access memory, on the other hand, are like the carts the carry information in and out of the bank vault. They contain the information that you computer needs to function on a daily basis. Laptops come with between one and four GBs of RAM these days.
The best way to determine how much memory is enough for your laptop is to look at the memory requirements for the operating system you are going to use. The majority of people these days are using Windows XP or Windows Vista.
For these people one GB of RAM is the absolute minimum you should use, two GBs are optimal, and four GBs are the best. This rule of thumb can also be followed for most Mac and Linux users as well, but do check on the specific requirements of your operating system before buying a new computer or purchasing more memory.
To install memory in your laptop, you will probably find a side panel that can easily be removed with a few screws. Older laptops, however, don't have this feature and need to have memory installed by a professional.
If later on you are thinking up upgrading the memory in your laptop, it should be pretty easy to do. On newer laptops there is a side panel that you simply have to open. You'll then see two memory slots. If at all possible, when you first purchase your computer, only install memory in one of the slots. Put in one two GB card rather than two one GB cards, for example. Then upgrading just means sticking a new memory card in the empty slot. If your computer is older or you don't have empty memory slots, you might want to consult with a professional about your memory upgrade.
If you let your laptop memory keep up with the increasing memory demands of operating systems and other programs, you should find that you can do nearly everything you want on your laptop.
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