Monday, June 1, 2015

Windows 7: Finding Version of Windows and System Memory

I have a client that needs to run a virtual machine (Hyper-V) in order to solve a problem running legacy software. Before making the on-site visit to configure Hyper-V, it is necessary to know the version of Windows on the client computer and the amount of physical memory.  Hyper-V can be run on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. The client's computer should have at least 8 GB of physical memory. The client literally needs to open a browser Window in the operating system running via Hyper-V so 8 GB is sufficient memory. 

The steps needed to determine the version of Windows 7 running on the client's computer and the physical memory are as follows:

1) Click in the Windows button

2) This reveals the Start Menu (note Control Panel on the upper right of the Start menu):

3) Click on Control Panel revealing:

4) Click on "System and Security" which displays:

5) From the "System" category select "View amount of RAM and processor speed":

The previous screen shows the version of Windows is "Windows 7 Enterprise" and the amount of "Installed memory (RAM)" is 16.0 GB.

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