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Using the System Applet

One of the tools you’re more than likely to rely on frequently for management of the computer’s hardware is the Control Panel’s System applet. Although there are a few others we’ll mention here and in other chapters, the System applet’s Hardware tab is most likely to be of use to you when managing hardware. To open the System applet, click Start, right-click the My Computer icon and choose Properties. You can also choose the Performance and Maintenance option in the Control Panel and click the System button.

The General tab tells you what operating system you’re running, the registered user’s name, the type and speed of the processor, and the amount of RAM. Checking this tab is a relatively quick way to find out the amount of RAM Windows is detecting—which is particularly useful if you’ve just added some and you’re wondering whether you installed it correctly. Also, if you’re considering adding more RAM and don’t recall how well the computer is currently endowed this is the place to look.


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