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PCs for Grown-Ups: Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computer by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 22. Adding More Memory

As you see in this chapter, your computer’s random access memory (RAM) is just an innocuous collection of chips on a special module you plug in to a slot inside your PC. But although these chips might not look like much, they perform some pretty important tasks.

Their basic purpose in life is to be used as a work area for your programs and data. These things normally slumber peacefully on your hard disk, but when you need them, the operating system rouses all of them from their spacious beds and herds the program code and data into the relatively cramped confines of memory. From there, different bits of code and data are swapped in and out of memory, as needed. Why not just work with everything from the hard disk ...

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