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How to Install Memory in Your Desktop PC

August 22, 2019

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 you 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 wont 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. If you have any questions or need additional help installing memory in your computer,
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  • Reply Rasmus Falk-Jensen December 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    This is more a guide for dummies 😛

  • Reply TheBaddest December 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    There are literally TONS of these guides on Youtube. Surely one more wouldn't hurt anyone, right?

  • Reply jewie27 December 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    funny how computer repair shops charge $40 to install memory. just install it yourself.

  • Reply kentkatchem May 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I have a question, I have 8GB installed in my computer right now..4x2GB sticks..the computer says it's up gradable to 16GB. So I'm going to get 4GB sticks to put in the question I need to take out ALL the 2GB sticks and start fresh, or can I install a new 4GB in the first slot and keep the others?  

  • Reply Brendan H September 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    My computer dosent show up on the Kingston website, and idk what kind of ram it is or anything, can someone help?

  • Reply Brad Tyler November 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Hi just bought your ram today i have 4 slots of Elpida 2gb 2rx8 pc3-10600u-910-bo an what i got from you is kvr13n9k2/16 16gb pc3-10600 cl9 240-pin udimm kit okay now when i put them in it will boot then shut of then i skiped a slot put one in then skiped an put the last one in now it will boot an stay running but screen says no display any help. thanks

  • Reply Michael Aspinwall December 26, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    This won't effect my files games or music will it

  • Reply Mr Rockstar February 22, 2016 at 5:25 am

    So is this video for ram

  • Reply pikkutekija March 19, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    in the video the ram slots are black and tan. does it matter which one you put them in as long as the ram is In the same color?

  • Reply LOCO FOOTBALL March 20, 2016 at 2:41 am

    im 10 years old

  • Reply Harjot N April 12, 2016 at 4:17 am

    does this delet any software on the computer

  • Reply Vietnamese April 16, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Do you have to taKe out the old memory??

  • Reply Κώστας Ιωακειμίδης April 19, 2016 at 9:38 am

    i have 2 rams 1 gb each..i am adding 1 ram 1 gb (the 3rd one) and my pc wont start…can someone help??

  • Reply Michael Mueller April 24, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Ty. I didn't even know about this

  • Reply Legendary Crash May 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I have a Dell desktop type Dimension 5150 it came with 1gb ram I hardly use it. But I was wondering could it work with 8gb ddr2 ram even though the test says maximum ram 4gb?

  • Reply Ki nky July 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

    can I lose some files software or my games I want to know before doing this. thanks

  • Reply Rounak Mukherjee July 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    will I need to make changes in setup or softwares after changing or simply physically adding and starting pc will be enough??

  • Reply an otherwise unpleasant person. October 9, 2016 at 4:45 am

    this helped soooo much! 😀

  • Reply Thor Is Fat December 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    do you need to reinstall the operating system in order to put another ram on your computer

  • Reply I Love Guinea Pigs101 January 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Wow I didn't even realize how easy it is to install memory YAYYYY because every time I run my sims 4 it's so laggy because it's using every bit of ram😡 so now I need to by more😇

  • Reply Squefegee January 16, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Do the stick position need to be in the same color or can they be in different positions

  • Reply You Tube September 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm


  • Reply JC Mills September 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    My dell p6210 Y progressively got worse and crashed totally. The various beeps occasionally a message came up cannot read memory. Have you ever heard of memory going bad? I hate to buy all new ones and turns out I am throwing money out. The computer was wiped clean and windows 7 installed but it does not boot all the way up and gives similar errors. Also can I not take out the memory–read what it is and get the EXACT same memory?–rather then researching from a list not being sure what might happen.

  • Reply Pavilion October 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I'm 10 I can't do this to my pc

  • Reply Minomine December 16, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Nice tutorial! Like the naive guy I am i didn't completely insert my new ram into the slot then watched this vid then tried a second time

  • Reply Ruatkima Rka December 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Thankk uu soooo much

  • Reply skinny jason January 2, 2018 at 5:15 am

    your site doesnt work!

  • Reply Techie hub February 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

    When changing ram does my files will also get formated

  • Reply VivekMeena March 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    What after installing ram?? I installed 4+4 8gb ram. After installing ram I started my PC and play games
    My game is still lagging as before

  • Reply thatrandomaidan April 18, 2018 at 1:13 am

    What does it mean when a red light continues to flash over a light bulb icon?

  • Reply Anita Suraj April 18, 2018 at 7:50 am

    My pc is having crosshair ram can in replace it with hyper x ???

  • Reply GAURAV KUMAR RAJPUT May 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm


  • Reply Matija Nikl July 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Ee brt ja nemam kablove nego imam pipe pa ti meni reci kam da ja metnem tu memorijsku posto ne znam di to ide na pipama

  • Reply Cytist August 18, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I bought the same pair of memory I have on my computer and installed them but when I installed it my computer turns on but nothing boots on the screen :/

  • Reply Blackgrim September 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    i installed 2 gb of ram but when i check in control panel its still said 2 gb of ram but when i check it on speccy it said i have 4 gb of ram but its only using 2 gb of ram

  • Reply S Allan September 30, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    thank you so much! I was panicking over how my screens not showing anything after installing new RAM but your demo helped clear a few things I did wrong. Got it up and running!

  • Reply Renash October 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    This isent a memory add its a RAM add

  • Reply Nyi Zaw Htun December 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks, sir

  • Reply Syafiq Hassan July 20, 2019 at 11:55 am

    what happens if I not remove the battery.

  • Reply MrKiwi August 5, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    For some reason my graphics card is on the way of the memory holders so I cant place them?

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