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See how to perform a computer memory upgrade in ten easy steps.
Adding memory (RAM) to your desktop computer can instantly make your computer faster, increase system responsiveness, and make multitasking seamless. Installation is a quick process that’s done in just ten steps and the benefits are instant.
Looking to install memory in a laptop instead? Use our quick guide to laptop memory installation.
Static electricity can damage the components in your system. To protect your system’s components from static damage during the installation process, touch any of the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer’s frame or wear an ESD wrist strap before touching or handling internal components. Either method will safely discharge static electricity that’s naturally present in your body.
To protect your memory module, avoid touching the gold pins or components (chips). It’s best to hold the module by the top or side edges.
Installing memory can be done in a matter of minutes, but there’s no need to feel rushed. Work at your own pace and consult this guide or the video as often as you need to!
Clear off your installation space and make sure you’re working in a static-safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your workspace. Then, you’ll need the following items:
Because your files, documents, and data are on your storage drive, not your Random Access Memory (RAM), they remain unaffected during this process.
This discharges any residual electricity still in the system.
For instructions about opening your specific system, consult its owner’s manual. You can also take pictures as you work through the process to see where cables or screws are attached to make it easier to put back together
Touch an unpainted metal surface – this is an extra safeguard that protects your computer memory and components from static damage during the installation process
Press down on the clips on the sides of each module, the clip mechanism will push the memory module up. You can then pull the module completely out.
Holding the modules along the edges, align the notches on the module with the ridge in the slot, then apply even pressure and firmly press the module in. It usually takes about 30 pounds of pressure to fully install the module.
Note: Some desktops require you to install modules in matched pairs (memory banks). If this is the case, the slots will likely be labelled for how the memory should be installed. If you only have two memory slots, don’t worry about this – proceed with the simple install.
Boot up and enjoy a more responsive computer that’s now better equipped to run memory-intensive apps.
If your system does not boot up, check the following items:
1. Click on the Start menu or Windows button
2. Right-click on Computer or My Computer
3. Select Properties
4. You will see the Installed Memory (RAM) listed. If this is less than you just installed, contact Crucial Technical Support.
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