Upgrading RAM

Introduction: Upgrading RAM

Here are some simple instructions for upgrading the RAM in your desktop computer or laptop. The tools you will need for this project is a small screw driver(usually Philips). This process takes about 30 minutes as long as you have everything for each step.

Step 1: Check Your Systems Hardware

From the desktop click the start button and right click the computer button/icon. From here select properties to view the system hardware. Read over the system hardware and see how much RAM is in use for this computer. Then move on to the next step.

Step 2: Finding System Specifictions

You first have to find out how much RAM your computer or laptop can handle. For this you need to click the website link or manufacturers link. This directs you to a website that will show what RAM is needed for this computer. It will also display how much RAM can be recognized by the system. Make sure you get the correct RAM otherwise it could not work or it may damage the computer.

Step 3: Purchasing New RAM

Once you have figured out what and how much RAM you need then you must purchase it. RAM can be bought in stores, online, or even used RAM is available at local computer recycle places. It is crucial that you only get exactly what the specifications allow. It would be pointless to have 8 gigabytes of RAM on a computer that only recognizes 4 gigabytes. If you are unsure you can always ask a sales associate or tech. After the RAM has been purchased move on to the next step.

Step 4: Powering Off the Machine

Before you can take out the old RAM and install the new, you will have to power off the computer. If it is a standard desktop computer then power it off and unplug everything from the tower. If you are using a laptop you just simply power the machine off. Once everything is powered off and unplugged move on to the next step.

Step 5: Opening the Computer

Most computer towers have one screw to remove in order to slide the casing off of the tower. Some casings are snapped on and just nee to be unsnapped. Laptops usually have a small screw on an access door built to easily change out the RAM. Once the computer is open make sure to ground yourself to something metal to stop any static discharge. Locate the RAM and proceed to the next step.

Step 6: Replacing the RAM

Removing the RAM is quite simple once you have located it. First push the hold clamps back on each end/side. Then carefully pull the RAM out of its slot. Place the old RAM in a static free bag or case just in case you need it later. Take the new stick of RAM and push it into the slot or slots where you removed the old RAM from. The clamps will snap into place if you have it set right. Make sure that the RAM is clicked in and tight. If it is not in for any reason you could have trouble powering on your computer/laptop.

Step 7: Reassemble

When you have finished placing the new RAM in and made sure it was secured you can now put the computer back together. For laptops you just need to put the cover back on and screw in the screw until it is tight. The computer tower cover just slips back on and should lock into place. Then you put the holder screw in and tighten it. Connect all cords and USB connections back in. As soon as you are ready power on your computer/laptop and you are ready to go. Congratulations you have just upgraded your RAM on your computer/laptop.

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    5 years ago

    For laptops you might also want to remove the battery...

    Jeph Diel
    Jeph Diel

    5 years ago

    very good guide, maybe add a small section of what is ram and why more helps. just a thought.