How to Check RAM on Windows 10

If your PC is running slowly or giving you “low memory” error messages, you may need more PC memory. Or perhaps you are just curious about the specs of your PC? Read on to learn how to check RAM on Windows 10.

(Please note, checking RAM in a Mac is different and is not covered within the scope of this tutorial.)

A brief intro to RAM

Random access memory (RAM) is an important and fast type of short-term storage your computer uses to hold data that is in-use. This short-term storage is used for whatever applications your computer is running, such as browsing or word processing. RAM clears when you shut down your computer. RAM is different from a hard disk drive or a solid state drive, which holds files and applications on a permanent basis.

How to check how much RAM you have on Windows 10

Checking RAM on Windows 10 operating systems is simple. Following the steps below should tell you how much memory you currently have installed.

Step 1: Click “Start”

Begin by clicking on the “Start” menu, located in the bottom left of your screen.

Step 2: Find “About Your PC”

Next, type “About Your PC” and press enter when the correct result appears.

Step 3: Navigate to “Device Specifications”

A window should appear called, “About.” Scroll down using the navigation bar on the right side of the window until you see a section titled, “Device Specifications.”

Step 4: Find out how much RAM you have

Look for a line titled, “Installed RAM.” This will tell you how much RAM your PC currently has installed.

If your computer has bogged down and you want to know how your RAM is being used, you can always check the “Windows Task Manager.”

How to check RAM usage in Windows Task Manager

Many modern computers are sold with 8GB of RAM pre-installed. Some higher-end computers, including gaming computers, may come with 16GB of RAM or more pre-installed. In general, the more RAM your computer has, the better ability it has to handle multi-tasking (running multiple programs at the same time and potentially switching between them).

However, not everyone needs more RAM or has a computer capable of handling more RAM. One way to check RAM on Windows 10 and find out your usage is via the “Windows Task Manager.” To consult the Windows Task Manager about your memory usage, use the following steps:

Method 1– ctrl, shift, esc

  1. Press the following keys: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  2. The Task Manager should appear
  3. Click on the “Performance” tab and check the section titled “Memory”

Method 2 – ctrl, alt, del

  1. Press the following keys: Ctrl + Alt + Del
  2. Click on “Task Manager”
  3. Click on the “Performance” tab and check the section titled “Memory”

Method 3 – start, task manager, performance

  1. Select the “Start” menu, located in the bottom left of your screen
  2. Next, type “Task Manager” and press enter when the correct result appears
  3. Click on the “Performance” tab and check the section titled “Memory”

After you have followed any of these three methods on Windows 10, you should see a graph that presents the current performance and usage of your RAM. If the graph indicates your RAM usage is above 70% and you are only performing simple tasks or are not doing anything at all, you may need additional RAM to prevent sluggish performance. However, sometimes high RAM usage shown on the Task Manager can be due to having too many programs running in the background.

Once you have checked your memory usage, you can start to work out how much RAM your computer needs.

Upgrading your RAM

If you have checked both your installed RAM amount and the Task Manager and have determined you need more RAM, finding compatible memory for your system is a relatively simple process. Whether you’re upgrading RAM on a laptop or desktop, there will be an option available for you.

The Crucial System Scanner is an easy-to-use tool that will look in your BIOS for information about your complete PC system and then search Crucial.com for compatible memory upgrades. The video below explains more about the tool and how it works.