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March 17, 2021

How’s your Memory?
We’ve talked before about computer memory vs. hard drive space.  Remember that your computer’s memory or RAM--random access memory-- is the short-term memory that your computer holds information in until you save it to your hard drive--- or long term memory. 

You can find out how much computer memory you have in a few different ways.  If you are running Windows 10, and I hope you are by now, go to Settings to find out how much memory you have onboard.  From “Settings”, click  “System” and then “About”.  Under “Device Specification” you can see how much RAM you have.

If you want more information about your computer’s memory like speed, type, and how many of your memory slots are in use, then open the Task Manager. 

There are multiple ways to access it, but the simplest for me is to right click on the task bar across the bottom of your desktop and choose “Task Manager”.  It will open as a small box showing you what is running on your computer right now.  Click “More details” at the bottom of the screen. Click on the “Performance” Tab and on the left side of the window, click “Memory”.

Here you will see everything and more that you wanted to know about your computer’s memory; how much you have, and what type.  Mine shows “8.0 GB DDR3”. On the bottom right it shows the speed of the memory “1600” and that 2 of 2 memory slots are used in my computer.  If it said 1 of 2, I would know that I could add another 8GB of RAM of the same type (DDR3) and speed (1600) to my computer. 

There are other things of interest in the Task Manager.  Click through some of the options and you can get information about your computer’s CPU and installed hard drives as well.

The more you know…

Kathie Pearce
ComputerFAQ #46


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