How to Upgrade a Desktop PC Memory

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Knowing how to upgrade a computer’s memory can help in saving a slowly running desktop PC. Upgrading a PC in general may sometimes only require certain hardware changes. Sometimes, all that a slow computer needs is a memory upgrade in order for it to run as good as new. This is good news, especially for those who want to keep the working parts of their computers for as long as possible. A computer running on Windows XP but has only 256Mb of memory desperately needs an upgrade. Windows XP running on a 512Mb RAM is okay but would work better on a minimum of 1Gb RAM.

Materials Needed:
- Memory or RAM hardware
- screw driver
Step 1
When buying a separate RAM hardware for the first time, always make sure that the proper hardware for the computer is bought. If unsure exactly what type of RAM is needed for the PC, there are certain websites that can aid in determining the type of RAM needed. A good website is
Step 2
Supply the computer’s brand and model to the website. An automated search result for the proper hardware should appear. Write down the search result before going to a vendor to buy one. RAM hardware is readily available in any computer store. Any generic brand would do.
Step 3
Once the proper RAM has been bought, take all the wires off from the CPU, including the power supply.
Step 4
Then, position it very carefully on the side where it can be opened. This is usually the side where the fan is.
Step 5
Unscrew the side of the casing and take it off. The RAM slot can be found on the motherboard itself. RAM slots on motherboards usually range from 2 to 4 slots. This means that about 2 to 4 RAM hardware can be installed into the computer.
Step 6
Once the RAM slot has been found, take the RAM from its package. When doing this, make sure that the person handling the RAM hardware is grounded.
Step 7
The old RAM may be kept or discarded. It is advisable to keep the old RAM along with the new one. This could still help in adding to the computer’s total RAM. On an empty RAM slot, carefully slide the hardware into it.
Step 8
The locking tool on each side of the RAM slot should automatically lock the hardware into place. A clicking sound should be heard. A click means that the RAM has been installed to the motherboard properly.
Step 9
Put the machine back together, including the wires attached to them. The computer should automatically detect the new RAM and its processing speed should increase.