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Please Help! My overall goal is to get my PC to run faster. Its currently locking up and dying having to do hard reboots about 2-3 times per week. The computer is about 7 yrs old and I was thinking of upgrading the RAM which is currently 8gb/64bit to 16gb. The problem is the pc is heavy with a lot of applications I no longer think I can find all of the app install codes for (full adobe, camtasia etc), and also I found it to be Kingston RAM 2x4gb/DDR3 PC3-10700 UDIMM. 


Issue #1 - The current price of this Kingston 8gb ram is easily $80+ on ebay/amazon. (per stick)

Issue #2 - I'm told the motherboard is old and isn't worth trying to update or replace. https://ark.intel.co...op-Board-DP55WG

Issue #3 - The pc holds so much highly priced software apps that we can't find all of our install codes for since we moved to our new house. 


Can anyone please advise? What should I do in this situation? Should I cut my loses and just buy a new PC (I really can't afford spending thousands atm)? My main use is heavy applications use at once for Video/Web authoring, Internet streaming simultaneously, etc. Not sure how to get all of my software moved over and would love any suggestions on doing this. I'm using Win 7 Pro and really want to avoid the Winx10 interface too. I'm not sure you can even get Win7 anymore. 


Thanks for any suggestions. 

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Let's take a closer look at your PC.  Perhaps we can speed it up without new RAM.
You can use multiple replies if you like.  Less chance of losing a log.
Get the free version of Speccy:
http://www.filehippo...download_speccy (Look in the upper right for the Download
Latest Version button  - Do NOT press the large Start Download button on the upper left!)  
Download, Save and Install it.  Tell it you do not need CCLEANER if it still asks.    Run Speccy.  When it finishes (the little icon in the bottom left will stop moving), 
File, Save as Text File,  (to your desktop) note the name it gives. OK.  Open the file in notepad and delete the line that gives the serial number of your Operating System.  
(It will be near the top about 10 lines down.) Save the file.  Attach the file to your next post.  (More Reply Options, Choose File, Open, Attach This File)
Get Process Explorer
Save it to your desktop then run it (Vista or Win7 - right click and Run As Administrator).  
View, Select Column, check Verified Signer, OK
Options, Verify Image Signatures
Click twice on the CPU column header  to sort things by CPU usage with the big hitters at the top.  
Wait a full minute then:
File, Save As, Save.  Note the file name.   Open the file  on your desktop and copy and paste the text to a reply.
Copy the next 2 lines:
TASKLIST /SVC  > \junk.txt
notepad \junk.txt
Open an Elevated Command Prompt:
Start, All Programs, Accessories then right click on Command Prompt and Run as Administrator
Right click and Paste (or Edit then Paste) and the copied lines should appear.
Hit Enter if notepad does not open.  Copy and paste the text from notepad into a reply. 
Right click on (My) Computer and select Manage (Continue) Then click on the arrow in front of Event Viewer. Next Click on the arrow in front of Windows Logs Right click on System and Clear Log, Clear. Repeat for Application.
Start, All Programs, Accessories then right click on Command Prompt and Run as Administrator.  Then type (with an Enter after each line).
sfc  /scannow
(This will check your critical system files. Does this finish without complaint?  IF it says it couldn't fix everything then:
Copy the next two lines:
findstr  /c:"[SR]"  \windows\logs\cbs\cbs.log  >  \windows\logs\cbs\junk.txt 
notepad \windows\logs\cbs\junk.txt 
Start, All Programs, Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and Run as Administrator, Continue.  Right click and Paste or Edit then Paste and the copied line should appear.
Hit Enter. Copy and paste the text from notepad or if it is too big, just attach the file.)
1. Please download the Event Viewer Tool by Vino Rosso
and save it to your Desktop:
2. Right-click VEW.exe and Run AS Administrator
3. Under 'Select log to query', select:
* System
4. Under 'Select type to list', select:
* Error
* Warning
Then use the 'Number of events' as follows:
1. Click the radio button for 'Number of events'
Type 20 in the 1 to 20 box
Then click the Run button.
Notepad will open with the output log.
Please post the Output log in your next reply then repeat but select Application.  (Each time you run VEW it overwrites the log so copy the first one to a Reply or rename it before running it a second time.)

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Issue #3 - The pc holds so much highly priced software apps that we can't find all of our install codes for since we moved to our new house.

Belarc Advisor will find your codes/keys + extensive system info.   At first run, be sure to update the security database.

The output screen does have lots of links to their other software, just ignore but, read the section at the bottom of the page. 


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Had no response from your!!   Have you solved your issue, or would still need help?   An update would be appreciated.



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