How to check how much RAM that is installed on a computer

If you are thinking about upgrading your RAM but are not sure as to what you already have installed or you are wondering what type of RAM your motherboard can take. There are a few quick and simple ways of finding out how much ram you have installed or the type of RAM that you are using.

RAM is short-term memory which is used for running applications or opening files on your computer. Basically the more RAM you have the more applications you will be able to run at once. If you are noticing that your computer is slowing down after using a couple of applications. Then it might be a good idea to see how much RAM you have and if there is any room for improvement.

Windows 10

There is a number of ways you can check the amount of ram you have on Window 10.

Using Task Manager

  1. Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc or Right Click the task bar and select “Task Manager”.
  2. Once Task Manger is open Click the Permanence Tab and select memory in the left panel. (If you don’t see any tabs press “More Details”.)

The task manager will display the total amount of RAM you computer currently has installed, the type of RAM the you are using, the speed and the amount of slots you are using / are available to us. If you have more available slots then you can easily upgrade more ram just make sure you are getting the same RAM you used before or upgrade all the slots entirely.

Windows Key

  1. Press the Windows Key.
  2. Type RAM into the search

This will display your device specifications. Unfortunately this will only show the total amount of RAM that you have installed and not the speed and open slots left on your computer.

Windows 7

Windows 7 task manger doesn’t offer the same information as the task manager in Windows 10. To see the ram goto your Control Panel > System and Security > System page. This will show you the same information.

Alternatively you can open the Start menu, right-click “Computer,” and select “Properties.” Under “Installed Memory” will display the amount of RAM that you have.

macOS

On macOS it is pretty simple to view the total amount of RAM the system has.

Screen of About this Mac
  1. In the menu bar at the top left hand side of your screen click the Apple icon to open the menu.
  2. Scroll down and select “About this Mac”.

This will display the system overview and tell you exactly the System, Processor, Memory, Startup Disk, Graphics Card and Serial number of the machine.

Memory tab for About this Mac

If you select the Memory tab at the top right of the same screen you will be able to find the amount of memory slots your macOS has available and the type of memory that is currently in there.

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