One of the main things to keep in mind when buying a new PC or laptop is to check out its expandability options. Does your computer have additional RAM slots, PCIe SSD slots or an HDD bay? Having the ability to add additional memory down the road will help future-proof the computer and improve performance based on your workload. Although checking the number of RAM slots via the traditional method involves opening the system, there are also software ways to do so. In this article, we have detailed six ways to check available RAM slots in Windows 11.
Check available RAM slots in Windows 11 (2022)
In this article, we have included 6 different methods to check available RAM slots in Windows 11. You can check memory slots through built-in tools like task manager, command prompt, third-party software and by physically disassembling the PC. You can expand the table below and read the method you want to try.
Use Windows 11 Task Manager to find available RAM slots
1. Use the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” to open Task Manager. So, switch to the “Performance” tab from the left sidebar.
2. You will now see the used RAM slots in the “Slot machines usedsection. For example, this Windows 11 laptop I’m using has a total of two RAM slots, one of which is currently in use.
Check RAM Slots in Windows 11 with Command Prompt
1. First, press the Windows key and type “Command Prompt” in the Windows search bar. Then choose “Run as administrator” to open a command prompt window with elevated administrator privileges.
2. To check the total number of RAM slots through the command prompt, run the following command:
wmic Memphysical get MemoryDevices
3. As you can see, my Windows 11 laptop has two memory slots. To display the currently used RAM location, use the command below:
wmic MemoryChip get BankLabel, DeviceLocator, Capacity
Find Windows 11 PC RAM Slots with PowerShell
1. You can also find available RAM slots using PowerShell. To get started, run the command below in an elevated PowerShell window (i.e. open Powershell with administrator permission):
Get-WmiObject -Class "Win32_PhysicalMemoryArray"
2. You can find the active RAM slot on your PC using the command below:
Get-WmiObject -Class "Win32_PhysicalMemory" | Format-Table BankLabel
Find available RAM slots in Windows 11 with CPU-Z
Besides monitoring CPU temperature, CPU-Z is a third-party program that lets you view available RAM slots as well as RAM type in Windows 11. It’s a great free program for finding all kinds of information hardware on your PC. Here’s how to use it.
1. Go ahead and download CPU-Z from the link here. Download the latest classic version.
2. Then install the program and open it. Move to the “Memory” tab to find information about your installed RAM, including memory type and size.
3. To find available RAM slots, navigate to “SPD” tab at the top. Here, under theMemory location selectionclick on the drop-down menu. Depending on the available RAM slots, it will show entries in the drop-down menu. For example, I have 4 memory slots, only one of which is currently in use.
Find Installed RAM Information on Windows 11
Although the above methods allow you to check the available memory slots, you can take advantage of the System Information utility available in Windows 11 if you want to find information about the installed RAM. Here are the steps you need to follow.
1. Press the Windows key and type “system information” in the search bar. Open “System information“.
2. In the System Information window, click “System Summary” in the left sidebar. Scroll down in the right pane and you’ll find the total physical memory installed (RAM), along with the usable amount and the amount of virtual memory available. This is how you can find complete information about your installed memory.
Physically check the RAM slots on your Windows 11 PC
If you want to check the available RAM slots on your Windows 11 PC, you need to open your case and physically check the memory slots. As shown in figure (1) below, you will find the DIMM slots, where the RAM is installed, on the motherboard. Check how many such slots are available on your PC’s motherboard. Typically, most motherboards come with two RAM slots, but advanced and expensive boards can also offer up to 4-8 RAM slots.
On laptops, there are small strips for plugging in the RAM as shown in figure (2) below. This is how you can physically check the available RAM slots on your laptop or PC.
Check and upgrade the RAM on your Windows 11 PC
So here are the steps on how to check available RAM slots on Windows 11. If you are having RAM-related issues on your PC, feel free to check out our article detailing how to fix memory issues on Windows 11. We also have a separate guide focused on tips for speeding up Windows 11 and improving system performance.