Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated July 22, 2019)
Over time, as you use your computer, you may notice that it will start to slow down or become more sluggish. Often this is due to applications on your computer that take up a lot of available memory. When your computer starts to run out of memory it may exhibit more and more problems. A possible way to fix this is by installing more memory. Often, computers today will have multiple memory slots available. However, just because your computer has multiple slots available, it doesn't mean that it came with memory sticks in each slot.
If you are looking at increasing the amount of memory available to you, you use to have to open your computer and look inside to see if there were any memory slots available. This entails turning off your computer, and possibly unscrewing some screws and unplugging several cords. Windows 10 allows you to see what memory slots you have available on your system. To see how many slots are available, follow these simple steps:
Figure 1. The Memory tab of the Task Manager window.
Under the memory usage graph, you should see how many memory slots are being used and how many are available. In the example above, I have a total of two slots, with one slot being used.
Now, without physically opening your computer you can quickly and easily find out how many memory slots are available on your computer.
This tip (13653) applies to Windows 10.
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