Before purchasing anything, it is necessary to know how much memory is currently in your computer and what type of memory to buy.
How to Find Out How Much RAM Your Computer Has
There are two different ways to find out how much RAM your computer has including the following:
- You can open the System Information dialog box to see the installed physical memory
- You can go to Control Panel
To open System Information perform the following steps:
- click Start, click All Programs
- click Accessories
- click System Tools
- click System Information
- In the left pane, select System Summary. The Installed Physical Memory (RAM) entry in the list tells you how much RAM your computer has.
How to Find Out How Much RAM is Needed
The operating system determines the amount of RAM that's needed. Systems running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, should have the minimum recommended amount, however more may be better. If the PC is solely used for surfing the Internet and writing letters, it may only require the minimum amount of RAM required to run the version of Windows you have installed on your computer. In order to allow for the best performance possible —consider increasing the RAM on your computer to at least 2 gigabytes (GB). 4 GB is ideal.
How to Figure Out What Type of RAM is Needed
Contact the manufacturer or use an online memory advisor, such as those from Crucial Technology or Kingston Technology. These memory advisors use information that you enter about your computer model and do a memory check for your specific PC that tells you which products work with your system.
Installing the New RAM
It is recommended that you consult a professional if you have not installed RAM before. We offer affordable installation services and can assist you with increasing your RAM. Call our office for more details and to setup an appointment.