Written by Bob McElwain

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A Horror Story

I personally do not install upgrades unless literally forced to do so. (And I do not install new software except when absolutely required.) Some time back while using an earlier version of IE, I was forced to upgrade. The results were disastrous.

I first tried upgrading IE torepparttar latest version, 5.5. But I never could get it to run. I dropped back to version 5.1, which ran, but unpredictably.

My system became unstable. Lots of memory collisions (GPFs) that crashed some program maybe two dozen times a day. Even IE was not running properly and becamerepparttar 107908 program most likely to crash. Other stuff was happening that required restartingrepparttar 107909 computer 5-6 times each day. If you have been there, you know how much this slows you down.

Further, several ofrepparttar 107910 programs I use routinely, such as Eudora, began failing with troubling regularity. And two would no longer run at all.

My only option was to retire a perfectly good computer less than two years old and buy a new one. Then install allrepparttar 107911 latest software all at once. This meant chucking some stuff I liked, then hunting up replacements. Both time consuming and tedious.

So What Went Wrong?

I have no idea, really. Butrepparttar 107912 most likely cause of this failure was in overwriting one or more DLLs with later versions required by IE that my other software could not handle. That is, my other programs were designed to run onrepparttar 107913 previous versions, notrepparttar 107914 latest.

What This Means To You

If you are a casual user of your computer, and load up something new about once a month,repparttar 107915 chances are you will never facerepparttar 107916 problem described above. The worst that is likely to happen is that as new software is added, older programs do not run in quiterepparttar 107917 same way.

If you are a serious computer user, and depend upon one as an integral part of your business, takerepparttar 107918 position you won't upgrade or install new software unless you are absolutely forced to do so.

My tale is not an isolated case. All heavy users of contemporary PCs have had this experience, even if not quite so severe.

If you need a program, by all means install it and go. But be hesitant in playingrepparttar 107919 game, "I think I'll try this." Why risk it?

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The Single Least Expensive Yet Most Valuable Way to Upgrade Your Computer's Performance

Written by Dennis Eppestine

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You can get 256 MB of RAM for about 40 bucks. A couple of places online are and Crucial even has an onsite configurator that will tell you EXACTLY what your computer uses.

And don't be afraid of installation. I had never installed ANYTHING before, and I had it installed in under 5 minutes!

So upgrade your computer, and enjoy!

Dennis Eppestine holds degrees in Business Administration and Engineering, and operates his own website at

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