Imagine this: you are working on an important project with a tight deadline. Thirty minutes before the scheduled time, your computer freezes. To fix your slow computer, you need to check your PC’s RAM.
For the record, RAM stands for “Random Access Memory”. It is not the same as storage; it’s more like a temporary canvas or sketchbook where your computer calculates and works in real time. Here’s how your computer specs impact your digital life.
So if you see spinning wheels when you open a webpage, you might need to check your RAM. Depending on what you find, you may need to upgrade. But first, check out the tips and tricks in this guide. They can save you money and Memory.
How to Check Your PC’s RAM in Windows 10 or 11
Fortunately, it’s easy to do. Just follow these steps:
Here’s what it will look like on your PC:
- From there, select About. It’s at the bottom of the left sidebar, so you’ll need to scroll down.
This takes you to your Device Specifications. Here you can see a ton of information, like your device name, processor, device ID, product ID, system type, and even pen and touch.
More importantly, you can check your RAM. We’ve inserted an arrow so you can see where to look. Check it out:
Once you’ve seen how much RAM you have, you can know whether or not you should upgrade. If you have a modern laptop, you might not be able to get more RAM without buying a new PC. This is because many thin and light devices have hardware with permanent fusions.
In other words, you cannot easily trade your hardware. However, it all depends on the type of laptop you have.
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How to know if you can upgrade your RAM
Fortunately, it’s easy to check. There are a ton of free resources online that will help you better understand your PC’s hardware configuration. In other words, you can use the Internet to understand your computer’s limitations and capabilities.
For example, we recommend Crucial’s System Advisor tool. With this free online database, you can find out the maximum amount of memory your computer has. Besides that, you can also see how many memory slots your machine has and how much RAM is already installed.
It also has a handy built-in list of memory modules that you can purchase if you’re in a position to upgrade. Here’s how to use it:
- Enter your computer manufacturer.
- Next, enter the product line.
- Finally, enter the specific model. REMARK: You can find the model number of your computer on the About page in the steps described above.
Tap or click the yellow button below to check it out.
This tool will help you determine which RAM is compatible with your system. This way, you won’t have to wonder how to upgrade and install memory in a desktop or laptop computer. It’s an easy way to know how to choose the right RAM upgrade.
By the way, you can use this tool whether you are using Windows or macOS.
How to Check RAM on a Mac
Unfortunately, you may not be able to upgrade RAM if you have a newer Mac device. Older devices are compatible with upgrades, but newer Macs and MacBooks ship with RAM permanently soldered to the device’s motherboard.
You can use the tool above to see if you can upgrade your RAM. You can also use the About This Mac command prompt to check your Mac’s RAM. It’s easy:
- Just click on the Apple icon in your header. You will find it in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Then click About This Mac.
- Go to the Insight tab to see your specs. This includes information about your Mac’s RAM.
Just like that, you will be better able to understand your PC’s memory. If you have free RAM, you should be good to go. But if it’s full, it’s time to upgrade.
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