How to Improve the Performance of GTA IV for the PC

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How to Improve the Performance of GTA IV for the PC
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"Grand Theft Auto IV," in addition to having versions available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles, has a version available for the PC. The minimum system requirements to effectively play "Grand Theft Auto IV" on your PC are quite large, so older machines may have performance issues and slow game play. There are a few different things that you can do to improve the performance of GTA IV on the PC.

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    Add more RAM to your computer. "Grand Theft Auto IV" for the PC requires your computer to have at least 1.5GB of RAM installed on your computer. However, you will achieve peak performance if you have at least 2GB of RAM installed in your computer.

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    Free up hard drive space. "Grand Theft Auto IV" will use up a minimum of 16GB of hard drive space on your computer. Having at least 18GB free, however, will increase the performance of the game as well as increase the amount of files you can save and content you can download.

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    Close all other programs while running "Grand Theft Auto IV." Having any other programs open on screen will just take away from your computer's available RAM, most of which should be devoted strictly to playing GTA IV. If you close all other programs all of your RAM will be available for GTA IV as it needs it, which will improve the overall performance of the game on your PC.

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    Upgrade to a compatible operating system. "Grand Theft Auto IV" for the PC is designed for use with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you're using an older version of Windows, the game will still install, but it will run very slowly (if it launches at all). You can install "Grand Theft Auto IV" on your Linux computer using WINE, but the performance will suffer due to the fact that you have an incompatible operating system.

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