Slow performance and programs ‘hanging’ are signs that your PC’s memory isn’t sufficient: More programs running at the same time means more memory usage.
In addition, when installing new software there are often minimum memory requirements. Check the software’s packaging for details.
Here’s how you check your computer’s available RAM on a Windows 10 PC:
Step 1 – Power up your PC
Step 2 – Type ‘system information’ into the search bar
Step 3 – Scroll down to installed Physical Memory (RAM)
In this example, the PC has 8 GB of ‘Installed Physical Memory (RAM)’. Check the PC’s instruction manual or search for your PC on the manufacturer’s website to find out whether you are able to install more RAM to increase your PC’s memory and the type of RAM required e.g. 240 pin DIMM DDR3.
Just under the total installed physical memory is the ‘Available Physical Memory’. In the above example, 3.5 GB is available. This tells you that the programs currently running on the PC are using 4.5 GB.
Increasing the RAM often improves performance especially when more than one program is running at the same time. Extra memory is also relatively inexpensive and is easy to install. You will need to open the PC’s case to get to the motherboard but your PC’s user guide should walk you through the installation of additional RAM.
Amazon and eBay have a large number of RAM upgrade kit sellers at competitive prices.