Windows 10: check the processor (CPU) and random access memory (RAM)

You have just bought a computer, new or used, and you are wondering if it is equipped with the equipment indicated on the description of the technical characteristics. While it is easy to know the size of the hard drive by simply opening Windows File Explorer, it is more difficult to find the reference of the processor (CPU) and the amount of random access memory (RAM) of the computer.

Power users already know the Windows + Pause key combination to access system properties and thus see the type of processor and memory installed.

This tutorial shows how, in just a few clicks, find the reference of the processor and see the amount of RAM installed in a computer running Windows 10.

This procedure only works on Windows 10 because previous versions did not offer this way of accessing information. All editions of Windows 10 are compatible with this guide: Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, both 32 and 64 bits. Of course, it works for laptops and desktop PCs. Tablets equipped with Windows 10 can also display these technical references.

Find the reference of the processor (CPU) and random access memory (RAM) of a Windows 10 computer

1. Open the start menu and click on the cogwheel to access Settings from the PC.

Windows 10 tutorial start menu Settings Control Panel

2. Click on the ” System “:

Windows 10 System Settings Control Panel

3. In the left menu, choose ” System information “:

WIndows tutorial 10 parameters System information

4. The technical information of the computer is indicated:

  • PC name: the name of the computer displayed on a network
  • Organization: name of the workgroup type network (formerly Working Group)
  • Edition: version of Windows 10 (Home, Professional, Business, Education)
  • Version: 1511, 1607, 1703 depending on the update installed
  • Processor: precise reference of the computer’s processor
  • RAM memory installed: amount of RAM

WIndows 10 tutorial System information processor CPU RAM memory

So, with this information, you know the power of your processor, that is to say the engine of the computer, indicated in GHz (gigahertz). The amount of RAM installed in the computer is a sufficient indicator, it is not necessary to look for its exact reference unless you really want to know the technical details.