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 guide to laptop memory installation.
Precautions Before 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.
Upgrade Desktop Memory - 10 easy steps to install memory in a desktop computer
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!
Step 1 - Gathering Supplies
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:
- Your desktop computer
- Crucial® desktop memory
- Owner’s manual
Step 2 - Shut Down Your Desktop Computer
Because your files, documents, and data are on your storage drive, not your Random Access Memory (RAM), they remain unaffected during this process.
Step 3 - Unplug the Power Cable
Step 4 - Hold the Power Button for Five Seconds
This discharges any residual electricity still in the system.
Step 5 - Open the Case
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.
Step 6 - Ground Yourself!
Touch an unpainted metal surface – this is an extra safeguard that protects your computer memory and components from static damage during the installation process.
Step 7 - Remove Existing Memory Modules
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.
Step 8 - Install Memory
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.
Step 9 - Close the Computer Case
Step 10 - Plug the Power Cable in
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