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Do I Meet System Requirements?

Do I meet the System Requirements?

With any software, there are certain minimum system requirements to ensure that the software is compatible with your computer. But many consumers don’t know how to find out some of the information that is listed as system requirements. Two of the most important are the amount of RAM your system has and the amount of free Hard Disk space you have.

What’s an MB or a GB?

We often see the letters MB or GB used when looking at system requirements. But what does that really mean? First, it’s a unit of measure for the amount of data storage space that is available. Early computers measured this amount as KB or Kilo Bytes. Then, as computer hard drives increased in size, Mega Bytes or MB were used. 1000 Kilo Bytes makes up 1 Mega Byte. Hard drives continued to increase in size and are no longer measured in MB, but are now measured in GB or Giga Bytes. Again, 1000 MB makes up 1 GB. We also measure RAM or Random Access Memory in the same way. This leads us to our next question.

What’s the difference between Hard Drive space and RAM?

The Hard Drive on your computer is what is used to store all of your information. Think of it as a filing cabinet. When we don’t need all of our records, we store them in a filing cabinet. RAM is like your work space of desk. When we want to do our paperwork, we get the files we need out of our filing cabinet and put them on our desk and get to work. The larger our desk is, the more files we can work on at one time. If we take out more files than will fit on our desk, it slows us down. We have to look through everything on our desk to find what we are looking for and then even once we do find it, we don’t have any room to actually work on the file. It becomes a slow, tedious process. So, the larger of a workspace we can create, the easier it is to work and the more we can get done. Of course, RAM is only one component that determines how fast your computer can work, but it is a very important component.

How do I determine if I meet the System Requirements?

First, let’s determine if you have enough Hard Drive space. To do this, click on the Start button and select Computer from the Start menu. You may also have a My Computer icon on your desktop that you can use. Once you are in the Computer section, you want to put your cursor on the C Drive or the drive that you want to install the program to if you have multiple drives. Right mouse click the drive. From the menu that will pop-up, select Properties.

System Properties Screen

After selecting Properties, check the amount for Free Space listed for the drive.

Computer Properties Screen

To check the RAM, we need to go into the Control Panel. You should have an option on the top for this as in the example above. If not, click on the Start button again and choose Control Panel. (Note: On some systems, after clicking on Start, you may have to select Settings before having the Control Panel option.) In the Control Panel, select System. A window will open and you should already be on the General tab which displays the amount of RAM on the system. This section also indicates the type of processor your computer has as well as what Service Pack is installed and the System Type.

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