How to Check RAM

Dear Computer Lady,

Before my question, I must say when my brother sent me your newsletter many years ago he did me one of the greatest services a big brother can! 🙂

May I ask how I can check the amount of RAM on my Dell laptop? It is only a couple years old, but things seem to run much slower and from your past newsletters I know it must have to do with the RAM.

Thanks so much for your answer. A Happy and Blessed New Year to you and those you love,

Grace in NY


Dear Grace,

Thank you for the wonderful compliment!

You did not tell me what version of Windows you are using, but most computers that are only a couple of years old are running Vista, so I will give you directions for Vista first.

1. Click on the “Start” orb

2. Right click on “Computer” in the start menu.

3. Click on “Properties” in the context menu that appears.

4. In the window that opens, look in the “System” section and find the line that says, Memory (RAM):

5. The amount of RAM on your system will be listed there.

If you are using Windows XP, the directions are similar.

1. Click on the “Start” button

2. Right click on “My Computer” in the start menu.

3. Click on “Properties” in the context menu that appears.

4. In the System Properties window that opens, find the section that says “Computer”.

5. The amount of RAM will be listed in the Computer section.

Once you know how much RAM you have, you will need to find out how much RAM your laptop supports.

You can either find out by contacting the laptop manufacturer, in your case a quick phone call to Dell would work, or you can try an online RAM upgrade website.

The online sites will ask you a few questions about your computer, and then tell you how much RAM it originally came with, how much RAM it will be able to use, and give you some good prices on RAM that you can order directly from them.

One online site that I like to use is Crucial at: [ad#crucial]


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