How do I determine whether my computer meets the system requirements?

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How do I determine whether my computer meets the system requirements?

You can determine whether your computer meets the system requirements by opening AOL System Information (if you have the AOL software installed on your computer) or by using your operating system.

You may wish to print or save a copy of these instructions as this page may not remain visible as you go through the suggested steps.

Information you need

You will need to know the version of the Microsoft Windows operating system installed on your computer You can find this information by following the instructions given in the online help article How do I determine the version of Windows I have?

How to

Check computer details using AOL System Information

  • If you are using Windows 7/Vista, click Start. In the Search box, type system. Ensure that AOL System Information is highlighted, and then tap the Enter key on your keyboard. If prompted by the User Account Control window, click Yes or Continue. The AOL System Information 2.0 window appears, displaying the details of your computer.

    Note: If no window appears, check the Windows taskbar for a flashing tab. If the flashing tab is displayed on the Windows taskbar, click the flashing tab. The User Account Control window will now appear. Click Yes. Now, the AOL System Information window will appear.

  • If you are using Windows XP/2000/Me/98, click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type sinf, and then click OK. If prompted by a caution window, click OK. The AOL System Information 2.0 or AOL System Information window will appear. Click the System Info or System Summary tab to view the details of your computer.

Check computer details using your operating system

You can check the processor speed, memory (RAM) size, and screen resolution of your computer by clicking the link corresponding to the version of Windows that you are using.

To check the processor speed and RAM of your computer in Windows 7/Vista

1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

2. Under System, next to Processor, you'll find the processor speed mentioned in GHz (Gigahertz), and next to Installed memory (RAM), you'll find RAM mentioned in GB (Gigabyte). Example: In the image given below, the processor speed is 3.00 GHz and RAM is 4.00 GB.

3. Close all open windows.

To check the free space available in your local hard drive in Windows 7/Vista

1. Click Start, and then click Computer.

2. Right-click the Local Disk (C:) icon, and then click Properties.

3. Next to Free space, you'll find the free space available on your local drive mentioned in GB. Example: In the image below, the free space available on the local drive is 210 GB.

4. Click OK to close the Local Disk (C:) Properties window.

5. Close all open windows.

To check screen resolution in Windows 7

1. Click Start. In the Search box, type Display, ensure that under Control Panel, Display is highlighted, and then tap the Enter key on your keyboard.

2. Click the Adjust Resolution link.

3. Next to Resolution, you'll find the screen resolution of your computer. Example: In the image below, the screen resolution of the computer is 1280 × 1024.

To check screen resolution in Windows Vista
1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop, and then click Personalize.

2. Click the Display Settings link.

3. Under Resolution, you'll find the screen resolution of your computer. Example: In the image below, the screen resolution of the computer is 1280 by 1024.

To check the processor speed and RAM of your computer in Windows XP/2000/Me/98

1. Open System Properties.

  • If you are using Windows XP, click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

  • If you are using Windows 2000/Me/98, right-click the My Computer icon, and then click Properties.

2. In the General tab, under Computer, you'll find the processor's speed mentioned in GHz (Gigahertz) and RAM mentioned in GB (Gigabyte) or MB (Megabyte). Example: In the images below, the processor speed is 2.00 GHz and RAM is 2.00 GB.

3. Click OK to close the System Properties window.

To check the free space available in your local hard drive in Windows XP/2000/Me

1. Open My Computer.

  • If you are using Windows XP, click Start, and then click My Computer.

  • If you are using Windows 2000/Me/98, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.

2. Right-click the Local Disk (C:) icon, and then click Properties.

3. Next to Free space, you'll find the free space available on your local drive mentioned in GB. Example: In the image below, the free space available on the local drive is 60.8 GB.

4. Click OK to close the Local Disk (C:) Properties window.

5. Close all open windows.

To check screen resolution in Windows XP/Me/2000/98

1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop, and then click Properties.

2. Click Settings.

3. Under Screen resolution, you can find the screen resolution of your computer. Example: In the image below, the screen resolution of the computer is 1280 by 800.




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Last updated: 06-19-2014
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