How to Test Your RAM on Windows 7

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Instead of using a third-party application, you can get Microsoft's take on your RAM's performance if your computer runs Windows 7. The operating system allows you to test your RAM's speed and operational capacity in its system properties. The OS provides you with a scoring system scaling from 1.0 to 7.9. This scoring system gives you an idea of how your computer performs compared with others.

  • Click "Start," right-click "Computer" and click "Properties."

  • Click "Windows Experience Index" under "System."

  • Click "Update my score" or "Score this computer." Allow the scan to finish.

  • Look at the results. Your RAM score comes up under "Memory (RAM)." A score between 5.9 and 7.9 indicates that your computer's RAM outperforms the majority of other systems' RAM. This score determines how fast the RAM hands over data to the processor and other peripherals in the computer. A score below 3.0 means that the RAM might be too slow and or of insufficient capacity for your computer to operate with most of the features of Windows 7.

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