Having a large amount of RAM is important if you want to have a smooth experience with your computer. Random access memory, or random access memory) is a very fast memory that temporarily stores files you need ultra-fast access to, and the more you have, the more files it can store. This means that you are able to switch between applications more quickly when you have a lot of them open, or it may help with applications that carry a lot of assets, such as editing a high-resolution image with multiple layers in Photoshop. If you do not know how much RAM your computer has, it is relatively easy to check it on Windows 11.
Since Windows 11 requires at least 4GB of RAM, you are more likely to run into problems if you don’t have a large amount of it, so it’s a good idea to check that and make sure your PC can handle your workflow well. There are several ways you can learn more about RAM on your computer, and it depends on how much information you are looking to know. We’ll show you two methods you can take depending on what you’d like to know.
Checking the total memory capacity
If the only thing you want to know is how much RAM your computer has, the Settings app might be the easiest way to do it. Heres how to do it:
- Open Settings (you should be able to find it in the Start Menu).
- In the System Category (which should open by default), scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on.
- under device specificationsyou must see Installed RAM At maximum capacity beside him.
You will see that the total usable RAM is less than what is actually installed, which is almost always the case because some memory can be shared with the GPU in your computer. It doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with your device.
Checking RAM specifications in Windows 11 Task Manager
Sometimes all you need to know is the total memory capacity, but you may also want to know more. Task Manager in Windows 11 can give you more information about your computer’s RAM, which can paint a better picture of the performance you can expect from it. Here’s how you can check that:
- Right-click the Windows icon on the taskbar, then choose Task Manager. Alternatively, open the Start Menu and search for it.
- If you have not done this before, you may need to click See more details.
- Switch to a file performance tab. If you’re running the original Windows 11 build, the tabs will be at the top, but the latest builds (only available to Windows Insiders at the moment) have the tabs on the left side of the window.
- You will see a list of devices in your computer. click memory.
- You can now see a range of specs about your memory, including capacity, speed, number of slots used, form factor, and how much RAM is reserved for specific hardware in your computer (explaining why usable RAM is lower than the total RAM above).
This information can help you with a few things. First, knowing the speed can tell you what kind of performance you can expect from your RAM. While it won’t always affect your daily use, some apps may benefit from higher speeds. Laptop RAM usually reaches faster speeds
The number of slots used can also come in handy if you plan to upgrade your computer with more RAM. If all the slots on your computer are used up, that means you’ll have to replace one of the units inside, so you’ll also want to make sure you buy a bigger unit than you already have. If you have a free slot, you just need to buy whatever capacity you want to add to your PC. Having two slots usually means you have dual channel memory, which leads to much better performance.
The form factor is also important if you plan to upgrade, as there are different types of RAM. Desktop computers usually appear DIMMwhile laptops with upgradeable RAM would probably say SODIMM. You’ll want to look for these terms when buying new RAM. However, there is another option as you can see above. if he says else It could mean that the RAM is soldered to the motherboard, which means that you cannot upgrade it.
And this is how you can check the RAM specs on your Windows 11 PC. This should give you all the information you need to know, so whether you are planning to upgrade your RAM or you just want to see if Your computer is compatible with certain software, this should do the trick.
If you’re looking to learn more about your Windows 11 PC, maybe check out How to Create a Battery Report so you can learn all about your laptop battery and how it’s performing over time. And if you’ve just upgraded your PC, check out how to free up storage space after upgrading to Windows 11—it can give you a little more space for files.