How to Install Memory in Your Desktop PC

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Upgrading the memory in your desktop computer is the easiest way to speed up performance. if your desktop is slow and often unresponsive. Here’s how. –

 But, before you begin there are a couple things to keep in mind. First, make sure the memory you buy is compatible with your system. has an online tool to help you easily find which memory is compatible with your computer. Next, your work surface should be clean and you should ground yourself first by touching an unpainted metal surface to prevent damage to any components. Also, it can be easy to accidentally bump or disconnect a loose cable, so when working inside the computer, so be extra careful. And lastly, in many cases, you won’t need any tools whatsoever, because several computer manufacturers have switched to easy-to-remove thumbscrews. Otherwise, a simple philips head screw driver is all you’ll need.

Shutdown your computer and remove all cables from the back. It might be a good idea to snap a quick photo to help remember where each cable belongs when plugging them back in after we’re finished. The memory is generally easily accessible on the motherboard, inside the computer, by removing one of the side panels on the desktop computer. You can usually distinguish the correct side panel by the large thumbscrew, or screws, which are easy to remove by hand. Otherwise you’ll need to consult your computer manufacturer’s website before you begin.

Slide off the side panel. Computer side panels may open differently on different systems. Some slide back, up or even fold open. But once you get it open you’ll have a clear view of the motherboard. Now, find the memory and memory slots; usually 2 or 4 slots total. You can either, add memory, if you have available slots, or replace the existing memory.

To remove the old memory, pull the locking arms holding the memory in place, outwards and slide up to remove the memory module. If necessary, repeat this process to remove the other memory modules, as well. When installing the new memory it’s important to notice the alignment notch on the memory that lines up with the notch on the memory slot in your computer. If it doesn’t line up correctly, flip it around and press firmly down on the top edge, but don’t force it in. You will hear the locking arms “snap” into place letting you know the memory is secure.

Generally speaking, memory is installed in sets of 2 or more, so repeat this process for the 2nd memory module and when finished, replace the side panel and screw it into place, plug the cables back in, and turn on you the system.

You may receive a message that the amount of memory has changed. But, don’t worry, just follow the on screen instructions to enter the BIOS and accept the changes and that’s it.



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