How to Install a RAM Upgrade on Your PC?

by Shubham Khurana

Why should I upgrade my memory?

Random Access Memory, or RAM, is the brain's short-term memory in a computer. Your computer uses its RAM to temporarily store all the data that it needs to access immediately or quickly. This way, you don't have to search for all the data on the hard drive. In other words, computers load data into their RAM for quick access.

This is why upgrading PC memory is one way to improve computer speed and performance. The more RAM your computer has, the faster everything will run. It has a faster startup time, more uninterrupted browser tabs, higher FPS (frames per second), more freedom to handle multitasking of different applications, and faster overall performance.

To upgrade RAM on a desktop PC

If you have purchased the right amount of memory, you can upgrade your desktop storage. To upgrade your desktop to RAM: 

  1. Shut down your computer and wait for it to cool down completely. 
  2. Unplug all cables, wires and accessories. 
  3. Open the computer case. For specific instructions on the PC, please refer to the user manual. You probably need to unscrew it. So remember which screws belong where. There can be different types and sizes between them. 
  4. Touch an unpainted metal surface of the computer to discharge static electricity from your body. This helps protect sensitive internal computer components from accidental damage. 
  5. Locate the memory. Your user manual will help you solve this problem. 
  6. Carefully remove your current RAM modules. If your computer uses clips to hold the RAM modules in place, slide them to the side. This should also lift the RAM module so you can easily remove it. 
  7. Insert the gold connector side into the RAM slot, carefully insert the new RAM module, and then snap the module into place. Properly align the notches on the RAM module so that it slides completely into the slot. Just touch the corners and edges of the RAM module, don't touch the top, and don't touch the golden connectors! 
  8. Reseed the computer case. 
  9. Reconnect all cables and connectors.

To upgrade RAM on a laptop.

Is there a way to upgrade laptop memory? As long as you haven't reached the maximum system memory, you can! The same rules as to when upgrading desktop RAM also apply to your laptop's RAM limit. 

Also, some laptops may not be suitable for RAM upgrades. Sometimes the memory modules are soldered directly to the motherboard, so you cannot disassemble them yourself. Check online to see if your laptop has replaceable memory.

If your laptop can handle more RAM, add it like this:

  1. Shut down your laptop, close it and let it cool down. 
  2. Unplug all cables, wires and accessories. 
  3. Turn it over and place it secretly on your work surface. 
  4. Open the bottom of the case or remove the part that covers the RAM. The details here depend on the type of laptop you have. If you need to unscrew the case, please remember which screw belongs to which thread because the screws can have different sizes. 
  5. Touch an unpainted metal surface on the laptop to discharge static electricity from your body. This helps protect the sensitive internal components of the laptop.
  6. Gently push the clip fixed on one side to remove the old RAM module. Each RAM module must be placed at an angle.
  7. Pick up the new RAM module at the edge or corner. Do not touch the golden connectors or other components on the top of the module!
  8. Correctly align the notch on the new RAM module with the RAM slot. Then use them. Press the module down until it clicks into place.
  9. Push the RAM module down, so it is flat on the laptop. The clip should snap back into place.
  10. Reseed the back of the laptop case, turn it over, and reconnect all cables and wires.

Perform a RAM upgrade check

After installing the new memory, turn on the computer and check the memory again to make sure everything is normal. You can go back to the Task Manager or right-click this PC on the desktop and select "Properties". 

Look at your computer's memory information and make sure the total amount of memory shown matches the RAM you just installed. Congratulations, you have successfully updated your MEMORY!