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My son has the same Netbook and I noticed it was ababysmally slow after he started using it. Not that one should expect blinding speeds out of an Atom processor.
here are some things you can do to help speed things up.
1. more RAM. Buy more memory. Max it out if you can 2. Defrag. Defrag the hard drive. From my own experience, Windows computers all come highly fragmented straight out of the box. Once you defrag the hard drive, schedule the software to do it automagically once per week. 3. McAfee will definitely slow you down. There are other solutions which aren't as intrusive. 4. Re-index the Registry. CCleaner will do that for you and it's free. Download it, install it and run it. Regularly.
I agree with the comments re RAM. Increase to 3GB or more McAfee is a memory and system resources hog. On a machine thats already inherently slow (with that processor) McAfee is a liability Replace it with something less demanding - Avast works quite well Avira and Microsoft Security Essentials are also both low resource options
It's still Windows, so it will need housekeeping regularly.
CC Cleaner Defrag Remove unwanted programs + any bloatware the Dell installed from new Run MS config & work out what you do & do not want to run at startup, last time my toshiba lappy slowed up noticeably, I found something like 20 odd programs all helping themselves at startup from Acronis true image to adobe reader. If you don't need them, kick them out.
IIRC the chances are that the memory is soldered into place.
Soldering the RAM is so old school !
In these days of the fight to the bottom in terms of price points, anything that will save costs is generally scrapped from the production line and soldering RAM is almost certainly one of them for the majority of manufacturers.