How to Check Your Computer’s Performance

Before looking into your computer’s performance, check out which Internet speeds are compatible with your hardware and software by visiting XFINITY Internet Minimum System Recommendations.

Now, you can learn how to analyze your computer’s speed and find out if it’s performing at the level it should be by following the tips below.

Are you concerned about your computer’s speed and want to check to make sure it’s running as fast as possible? While your Internet speed determines how fast your computer or network can load websites or download files, your computer’s processor speed and amount of memory (or RAM) affects the speed with which you can open and run programs.
Processor speed indicates how fast your computer runs, and is measured in megahertz (MHz) and gigahertz (GHz). Comcast recommends a minimum of 800 MHz for Mac computers and 1.5 GHz for PCs using Windows.
Memory or RAM is storage space your computer uses to store and read data. The more memory your computer has, the faster it can open and run programs. Comcast recommends at least 1GB of memory for all computers, and more is better. RAM can be added to your computer physically with a piece of hardware known as a RAM module.

Even with a fast Internet connection, low processor speeds or memory can slow down your computer’s entire system. If you’re concerned about your computer’s performance, you can check your computer including processor speed and available memory by reviewing the operating system information for Windows and Mac that follows.

Click Start.
Select the Control Panel.
Navigating to the Control Panel from the Start Menu in Windows

Select System. Some users will have to select System and Security, and then select System from the next window.
The Control Panel in Windows

Select the General tab. Here you can find your processor type and speed, its amount of memory (or RAM), and your operating system.
The General tab in the Control Panel displaying system information – Windows

Click on the Apple icon.
Select About This Mac from the drop-down menu.
The Apple drop-down menu – Mac OS X

Click the More Info button. Here you can find your processor type and speed, its amount of memory (or RAM), and your operating system.

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