The processor and RAM are two of the most important elements when determining the proper functioning of our computer or mobile phone. A good balance between both components, guarantees that the performance can be optimal. But sometimes neither one element nor the other is used completely in our equipment. With the intention of getting the most out of it, here we will learn what we must do to use all the RAM and processor cores in Windows 10 . In this way, we will know how to make the most of them and the performance of our computer will increase.
In the case of processors, we see how every day they are including more number of cores . By default, each of these cores is usually entrusted to a specific task. If the number of cores is greater, logic tells us that this processor is more powerful. This does not admit of any kind of doubt. However, this does not always ensure maximum returns.
There are other factors that must also be included in this operation. Not all programs are capable of making the most of a processor, nor of making use of all its cores to perform tasks. For example, if we install an application that is only capable of pulling one core, a two-core processor will be more effective than a quad-core processor at a lower speed.
On the other hand, when the program can make simultaneous use of several cores, there will be no doubt. In this case, the application will finish its tasks with the quad-core processor faster, even if these are slower.
Should all processor cores be activated?
Therefore, it is clear that, if we are on equal terms, it is best to have all the cores of our processor activated . And is that the least we can do if we have a good CPU, is to make the most of all the power it offers us.
Currently, operating systems such as Windows have all processor cores enabled by default. Without the need for us to configure anything and install one processor or another, Windows 10 will detect all the cores and use them. In earlier versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8, the trend was to automatically disable some of these cores if they were not being used.
But we must take something else into account. Even if the case that we have described in the previous paragraph occurs, it is possible that Windows 10 deactivates or rearranges the cores depending on your performance needs . Although it is not something common, sometimes we can notice a drop in performance in our computer. This may be because one of the cores is disabled.
In fact, as we have previously pointed out, the performance of the processor also depends on the configuration of an application itself, which may not be capable of multicore technology .
And what about RAM?
In the case of RAM , something similar happens. This element loads and stores all the commands that the CPU executes. That is, it allows programs and applications to perform their tasks within it, so to speak.
It is possible that the RAM may have its dedication limited because it is configured this way by default when installing Windows 10. Another possible reason why all the RAM is not used to the maximum is because the system dedicates a part to a graphics card . This is usually the most common reason. However, the graphics do not usually take extreme resources (between 8 and 128 megabytes). In case we have a very limited RAM, such as 2GB or less, if we could notice it when executing certain tasks. However, if our RAM is 4, 6, 8 or 16 GB, this should not be a major problem.
Here, the conflict could come with the operating system. If we have the 32-bit version of Windows 10 installed, it will not be able to use more than 4 GB. Therefore, if our RAM is 6 or 8 GB, we will have a part of the wasted memory. This is not the case with the 64-bit version, which tolerates more RAM resources.
This is very easy to check. We will only have to resort to the specifications of our operating system. We can do it in several ways. One of them is by typing in the Windows search bar Control Panel . Then we will go to the System and Security section . Finally, we will opt for the System option.
Here we can see the capacity of our installed RAM and which part is usable.
Steps to use all RAM and cores
After we have laid the groundwork on the problems that can arise with the dedication of the processor cores and RAM , let’s see what steps we must take to solve this. Thus, we will be able to get the most out of our team.
Use system settings
The System Configuration tool will allow us to solve it.
- To do this, we will have to start the Run box first. We do it through the Windows key + R. In the same way, if we write Execute in the Windows start bar we can get to the same place.
- Now, in the bar we will have to write msconfig and we click OK or Enter . Then the corresponding panel will open.
- Once inside the System Configuration window we will find several tabs. We will click on the Start .
- Now, under the central box we are presented with the Advanced Options button. We click on it.
In this new window is where you will find neither more nor less the crux of the matter. Both the configuration of the cores and the RAM memory are in this same section.
In the first case, if we want all the cores to be activated, we must keep the Number of processors box unchecked . Likewise, this option is valid if at a certain moment we want to activate a certain number of cores and not all of them. In this case, we must check the box and on the drop-down, choose which processor cores to activate.
When we have done it, now we go to the right. The same thing happens as in the previous case. If the box remains unchecked , we will be ordering the system to dedicate the entire RAM memory to the corresponding tasks.
If you check the Maximum amount of memory box, you can manually configure the number yourself. Therefore, if you see that the RAM is not dedicated to the maximum, type the total amount of MB that your system supports.
We give you a practical example like the one in the image below. If you have a computer with 6 GB of RAM, you will have to multiply this figure by 1,024 (6 x 1,024 = 6,144) . This is the highest number you can enter in the box. You can also do it with the arrows.
Once you have established all the parameters, click on OK and you will have finished the process.