The amount of RAM on computer decides its capacity to handle multiple applications. You will find below the steps to check RAM in Windows 10.
Check RAM in Windows 10
RAM (Random Access Memory) can be defined as short-term memory that your computer uses to store information required to quickly open Programs, Apps and Files.
In general, the amount of RAM available on a computer decides its ability to handle multiple programs and files.
If RAM is lacking on a computer, the information required to run programs cannot be stored on RAM and it remains stuck in the hard disk.
When this happens, the computer slows down due to the operating system having to transfer data from the slower hard disk (C:\pagefile.sys), instead of using readily available data in RAM.
Types of RAM Used on Computers
DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) and SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) are the two main types of RAM available in the market.
Although SRAM is faster compared to DRAM, it is more expensive, uses more power and is available in less storage capacity.
Hence, DRAM or its faster versions like SDRAM (synchronous DRAM), DDR SDRAM (Double-Data-Rate SDRAM) are used in personal computers.
RAM Form Factor
When you check RAM in Windows 10, you are likely to see the RAM Form Factor being mentioned as DIMM (Dual Inline Memory Module) and SODIMM (Small Outline DIMM).
DIMMs are twice as big as SODIMMs and these are in desktop computers and servers, while the smaller size SODIMMs are used in Laptop computers.
1. Check RAM in Windows 10 Using Settings
The Settings screen in Windows 10 provides good enough information about the amount of RAM installed and usable RAM on your computer.
1. Open Settings on your computer and click on the System tab.
2. On the next screen, scroll down click on About in the left pane. In the right-pane, you will see the amount of installed RAM on your computer under “Device Specifications” section.
Note: The actual usable RAM is always a bit less than Installed RAM.
2. Check RAM Using System Information Tool
Another way to check RAM in Windows 10 is to make use of the in-built Microsoft System Information tool as available on your computer.
1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Run.
2. In the Run Command window, type msinfo32.exe and click on OK.
3. On System Information screen, scroll down in the right-pane, till you see information about the amount of RAM installed on your computer.
3. Check RAM Using Task Manager
The Task Manger in Windows 10 provides detailed information about the RAM capacity, Form Factor and number of RAM slots used and available on your computer.
1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Task Manager.
2. On the Task Manager screen, click on Performance tab > click on Memory in the left pane. In the right-pane, you will see information about RAM on your computer.
As you can see in the image above, the computer has 8 GB installed RAM and the speed of RAM is 2400 MHz.
On the same screen, you will also see information about the number of RAM slots taken and available for use on your computer.
In above case, the computer has 1 used and 1 available RAM slot. The available RAM slot can be used to increase the RAM capacity of the computer.