Could anyone advise on the practicality, or otherwise, of increasing the physical memory on my computer? I have a, somewhat ancient (5 years), PB machine running OEM XP(H) with SP3. Currently, according to SIW, my physical memory is 192MB in total with just 22MB free. Virtual memory is 678MB in total with 263MB free.
My question stems from two current issues. 1: when I'm running checks with such programs as Spybot it tends to take (almost) forever as they keep having to make continual use of the virtual memory, and 2: I've recently tried to download Ad-Aware's free anniversary program - but can't, as I keep being told it requires a minimum physical memory of 248MB.
I'm probably going to run into more issues re lack of memory in the not too distant future and have to make a decision fairly soon as to whether it's time to dig deep and purchase a more up-to-date computer, or whether I can get away with increasing the physical memory somehow. The issue is somewhat complicated by the fact that I'm not exactly what you'd call computer literate.
Would be grateful for any/all views