How to install new memory in your computer

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One of the best things you can do to speed up your computer is to add more memory.  This does not mean hard drive space; removing some programs won’t give your computer more memory.  Memory is a physical thing that has to be installed inside the computer.  But it’s not hard to do.


First you have to buy the memory.  For this, I recommend  I have been buying computer memory (RAM) there for years.  When you go to their site, you can plug in the make and model of your computer.  The site will tell you how much memory your computer can hold, and you can order it immediately.  Crucial has the best prices I have seen, and quick shipping.

When your new memory arrives, it has to be installed in the computer.  This is the part that scares some people because they would never dare to open up the computer case and look at the “mysteries” inside.

But in reality, it’s not that hard.  It takes me less than 5 minutes to put in new memory.  For someone that has never done it before, maybe 10 minutes.  To best show you how this is done, check out the videos below.  One is for installing memory in a desktop/tower, and the other is for a laptop.



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John F
July 26th, 2010

I was one of those who was “scared” to upgrade the RAM in my laptop but it was really simple. I went to as you suggested, ordered the RAM and had it within 3 days. The price was much cheaper than any of the local “big box” stores. I think it took me all of 5 minutes to take out the old and put in the new.

Mo Gilbert
July 26th, 2010

I haven’t read all of your post Scott, but last year I bought your book about how to speed up an XP windows, did a few things and then ordered more memory from Crucial (and here I will tell you that I have installed memory several times in the past), but I opted to be “careless” and not buy a grounding thingy, and fried my wife’s motherboard! $150.00 later, she’s still without the memory, but at least she’s online!