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Okay, today I’ve got an easy “how to” article for you. Many people realize that one of the biggest bottle necks that is responsible for their slow computer performance is that their system doesn’t have enough RAM installed in it.

Unfortunately, if you were to ask ten people how much RAM is actually in their computer, I would bet that nine of them wouldn’t have the slightest idea about how much RAM their computer has. It’s about time we did something about that so today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to learn how to find how much RAM you have installed in your computer.

I’m going to be breaking this down by the most commonly used systems first and those are PC’s running the Microsoft Windows operating systems. There have been many versions of Windows released over the years but the most common versions that are still in use today are Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Windows XP

For this version of Windows, you’re going to want to click Start > Control Panel > System. Then a window will pop up that is titled “System Properties”. This window will have several tabs. Find the one marked “General” and click on it. At the bottom of that window, you’ll see a section that is labeled “Computer”. The last line in that section will show exactly how much RAM your system currently has installed in it. It will be reported in megabytes if you have less than one gigabyte installed and gigabytes if you have more than one GB installed.

Windows Vista

For Vista users, you follow similar steps. Click Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System. A window will then pop up that says “View Basic Information About Your Computer” at the top of your screen. Skim down the page about half way. Here’s where you’ll find a line that says “Memory (RAM):” in the first column and the amount of RAM that is currently installed in your system in the second column.

Windows 7

For Windows 7 users, the procedure is very similar. Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System. Scan down the page a bit and you’ll find a line that is labeled “Installed Memory (RAM):” in the first column and the amount of RAM that is actually installed in your computer will be displayed in the second column. Mine says “4.00 GB (3.75 GB useable).

Now, for those of you who walk to the beat of a different drum, let’s talk about how to find how much RAM you have installed in your computer if you happen to own a Mac. I know, some of you out there do.


The steps for doing this are actually surprisingly simple in this Windows user’s opinion. You simply click on the Apple icon that is located in the top left corner of your screen. Directly below that you’ll see the words “About This Mac”. A window will then pop up in the middle of your screen that tells you all about your system’s configuration. The line that you’re looking for is simply label “Memory”.

If you’ve ever found yourself asking what RAM does my computer use and you own a Mac, you’ll notice that the actual type of memory that your Mac system is using in addition to the amount will be displayed on that line.

If you want even more information, you can click on “More Info” and that will bring up the the “System Profiler” tool. Scroll down to “Memory” and you can see exactly how many RAM modules are installed in your system as well as exactly what size and type each of the modules are. Score one point for the Mac thanks to this handy feature!

Okay, if you’re really walking to beat of your own music and running Linux or Ubuntu, I’ve got instructions for you folks as well.

Ubuntu / Linux

You simply open a terminal and type the command line “$ free -m”. This will output the total RAM, used RAM, and free RAM. There are a few “oddballs” (no offense) out there running Linux based systems but it’s a bit too complicated for my blood. I must not have enough of the “nerd” gene in me to see the value of it.

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Okay, there you go. Now you know how to easily find out how much RAM your computer has installed in it. It’s my sincere hope that you found value in this article. As always, I like to recommend other articles that my readers might be interested in so today I’ll highlight the articles called How To Get Security Tool Off My Computer, How To Use Print Screen On Laptop, and Text From Your Computer To a Cell Phone For Free. If you’re having any of these problems, I suggest that you take a minute and read through these articles.

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