Programs and applications have increasingly become resource hungry. They need more RAM for working smoothly without the momentary lockups of the operating system. It’s not only the applications on which you work but the operating system also demands more RAM modules of large capacities. Days are gone when Windows 98 used to work efficiently with just 32 MB of RAM; it’s the time of Windows Vista and Windows 7 which requires a minimum of 1 GB RAM. (minimum 1GB). With this much amount of RAM Windows will only work without complaining but will often get tired and stop doing its bit. So if you have to get the most out of the new babies of Windows then you need a 4 GB chip of the Random Access Memory.

Users often say that they have large amounts of hard drive space on their computer but still their computer runs slow. The Answer to this is that hard drive plays an important role in enhancing the performance of any computer but it does not play the vital role. The Vital role is played only by the RAM and the Processor off course. If you don’t have enough RAM on your computer than your computers operating system would not be able to feed the necessary amount of data to the processor for processing and will increase the delay of every activity.

Further in this post we will discuss how to find out how much RAM your computer has and do you need more of it?

To check the performance capabilities of your computer Windows Vista and Windows 7 there is a system called Windows Experience Index. It gives you a rating to your computers hardware basis the kind of software and other applications you have installed on it. It will let you know if you have enough RAM, enough Graphics memory, decently fast processor etc. You should always run the Windows Experience index and find out if your computer is still able to cope up well with the newly installed applications and driver software. You can launch this tool by opening the Control panel, then opening the System & Maintenance option, and then clicking on the Performance Information and Tools. This rating is given on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest.

After checking the rating find how much RAM you have. This can again be checked from the same screen which is of System & Performance, and then clicking on Advanced System Properties. Here along with the information of your Windows version, Processor configuration you will also find the amount of RAM installed. Don’t panic if the figure shown up there is lesser than what you know your RAM size is, because some part of the RAM is often shared with the graphics memory so the size shown up here would be lesser than what you expected.

Lastly know more about the operating system you have and know the amount of RAM it can support. What is the need to buy extra chips of RAM if your computers operating system cannot utilize the same.