How to Check if your Windows Computer Can run a Game

Gamers are always looking for new games to play, but before you purchase one, you need to make sure your computer can handle it. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to check if your computer can run a game.

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Checking Your Computer’s Processor

To check your computer’s processor, you can type in the following into the Windows search menu: “System Information” This will show your processor type as shown below.


If you use an Intel Processor, the number that immediately follows your version of your processor is the generation of that processor. In my case, I am using the 6th generation of intel core i5.

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Once you have that, you can go to the manufacturer’s website and look for a product specification sheet. The sheet will list your computer’s processor type and speed.

If your processor is 2nd Gen or newer: Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or AMD A8, A10, FX or Ryzen 3, 5 or 7. Then your computer can run most mainstream games.

If your processor is 1st Gen or older: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP or older. Then your computer won’t be able to run most mainstream games.

Checking Your Operating System

Next, you’ll need to check your computer’s operating system. This is the software that controls everything your computer does, from the way it looks to the way it runs applications. To check what version you have, go to “Start” > “Settings” > “System” and look for the “About” section.


If you’re running a recent version of Windows, such as Windows 10, or 11, you should be able to run most games without any problems. However, if you’re using an older version of Windows, like Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, your computer may not be able to run newer games. In this case, you may need to upgrade your operating system or buy a new computer altogether.

Checking for Required Software

Now that you know your computer’s hardware, it’s time to check if it can run the game you want. The best way to do this is to view the game’s system requirements from the developer’s website. This document will list all of the software and hardware that the game needs to run properly.

Once you have the system requirements, open up your Control Panel by searching for “Control Panel”. Then go to Programs>>Programs and Features.


This will show you a list of all of the software installed on your computer.


If any of the software listed in the system requirements is not installed on your computer, then your computer cannot run the game.

Checking Your Computer’s Memory (RAM)

Now it’s time to check your computer’s memory, or RAM. This is the short-term memory that your computer uses to store information while it’s processing tasks. You can find out how much RAM your computer has by looking at your system properties.

To open your system properties, you can search for “system” in the Start menu and select System Information from the results. This will open the System window, where you can see all of your system information including your computer’s RAM.


If your computer’s RAM is below the minimum requirement for the game you’re trying to play, you may experience some lag or gameplay problems. You can try upgrading your RAM to see if that solves the issue, or you may need to upgrade to a newer, more powerful model of computer.

Checking Your Graphics Card

Now it’s time to check your graphics card. This is the component of your computer that determines how good your games will look, so it’s important to make sure it’s up to the task. To do this, you’ll need to know your graphics card’s name and model.

To find this information, open up Device Manager (you can find this by searching for it in the Start menu). Expand the Display adapters section and look for the name of your graphics card.


There should also be a model number next to it. If you’re not sure what to do with this information, take a look at the manufacturer’s website for more help.

Once you have this information, you can compare it to the system requirements of the game you want to play. If your graphics card is equal to or better than the requirements listed, then you should be good to go!

Checking for Enough Storage Space

Now it’s time to check if you have enough storage space to install the game. Most games require around 6-8GB of storage space, so you’ll need to make sure you have at least that much available.

To check how much storage space your computer has, open My Computer or This PC and look for the drive letter assigned to your computer’s main hard drive (usually C:).


Right-click on the drive and select Properties.


The window that pops up will show you how much free space is available on the drive.


If you don’t have enough space, you can either delete some files to create more room or purchase an external hard drive to store the game on.


So, there you have it! A complete guide on how to check if your Windows computer can run a game. If you followed all of our steps, you should now have a good idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that individual games will often require different system requirements, so it’s always best to check the game’s website before making a purchase.

Thanks for reading, and we hope this guide was helpful. Be sure to check back regularly for more gaming content and don’t forget to join the discussion in the comments section below!

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