Are you thinking to upgrade your laptop memory? And want to learn how to install memory (RAM) in laptop or a notebook? Then you have come to the right place. Nowadays memory doesn’t costs much, and adding some more memory is a good idea to speed up that slow laptop. Sometimes you may have noticed that while multi-tasking the system sometimes run slow and even hangs, mostly that’s because RAM is not sufficient to run that demanding application. For some demanding applications, even 2 GB RAM is also not enough. Don’t worry, this was just an example, but for normal or office usage, 2 GB memory (RAM) is enough. This guide includes a step-by-step process for the physical installation of a memory module in a laptop. So let’s get started:
How to Install Memory (RAM) in a Laptop / Notebook / Netbook
This process can be followed for laptop, notebook or a netbook.
- Turn off the laptop and remove the rechargeable battery (This is just to prevent any damage during memory installation)
- Locate the memory expansion socket at the back of the computer and remove any screws from there using a suitable screwdriver. After unscrewing, remove the cover slowly (Refer your laptop’s owner’s manual if you are not sure about this)
- Now there are two situations. Decide whether you want to remove the existing RAM or you want to add new RAM. To remove memory from notebook computer, place your thumbs on the clips located on both sides of socket and gently press them outward, away from the module. The memory module should spring upwards at 30-45 degree angle.
- Now to insert new memory module, align the notch of the module with that of the memory slot. Insert memory module into the socket at a 30-45 degree angle and then gently press down (There is no need to apply any force). Firmly press the module into position, making certain that both retaining clips have snapped up to lock it in place
- With the above step complete, memory module should just fit in that memory slot. Now close that cover and replace all the screws and fastener that holds that cover
- Connect the battery again and power ON
So with all these steps, the process to install memory in laptop is finished.
Here’s a very good video tutorial on installing memory for notebook computer and this should clear all your doubts:
With this process done, there is no need to do anything else. The extra RAM will be automatically detected, and nothing needs to be done from software part. Just to confirm if your memory is recognised by the system or not, you can right click on “My Computer” and then click on “Properties“. From there, you will be able to see “Installed Memory (RAM)“.
NOTE: If you are using 32 bit operating system, whether its Windows XP or Windows 7, then it cannot detect/recognize RAM more than 3.5 GB. So if you want to add RAM more than 4 GB, then you will definitely need to use 64 bit OS. You can just call this as 32 bit limitation. Therefore, upgrade your RAM wisely.