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Find Your Computer Specs
Do you know what the specifications of your desktop or laptop computer are? Knowing what’s inside the case is important when you want to add new software, connect a new device or play a certain game. You’ll also need to know this if you want to upgrade to Windows 11 when it’s available for download.
One important piece of information that you need when installing any new software is whether you have room on your hard drive to hold it. You can find this out by opening File Explorer. That is the icon on your taskbar that looks like a yellow file folder. You can also right click on your taskbar and select “File Explorer” from the menu. If you scroll down on the left side, you will see “This PC”. Select that and then right click on the C: drive and select “Properties”. This will show you the size of your hard drive and how much of it you are currently using and how much is available unused.
To find out other information about your computer such as the processor speed and how much RAM you have, open Settings, then select “System” along the left side choose “About”. Here you will see what processor you have, be it Intel Pentium or AMD Ryzen, as well as the processor speed. Your Installed RAM will be listed as well. The type of operating system you have will be listed as 32 bit or 64 bit. Some programs will require a 64-bit operating system to run properly.
Farther down on this list you will see the version of Windows that you have and the date that it was installed.
For everyday computing you may not care about all this information, only that it is in working order. It becomes important when downloading the latest video game or getting ready to upgrade to the next version of Windows.
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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