How to Install Memory

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In this simple tutorial I will show you how to install memory, or Random Access Memory (RAM), into a desktop computer. The procedure is very simple to do and the only hard part is making sure you have the right memory. Increasing the RAM in your computer is always the best and cheapest way of improving the performance of your system. In modern computers there are three different types of memory and many different speeds within those types. There is also memory that is designed for servers that provide error correcting or fully buffered RAM which is also designed for a server. You don’t have to worry about all the details too much because you can find the correct type of memory for your computer by visiting any of the major memory manufacturers websites and using their finder tool. I would recommend the Crucial site for searching the right memory.


1. Open the side panel of your desktop computer case and look for the location of the memory slots. They are usually located next to the CPU.

2. Once you’ve located the memory then you need to release the memory from the slot by pressing down on the holding clips at both ends of the slot.

3. After release the holding clips then you pull out the RAM from your motherboard.

4. Now grab your new memory stick and line up the notch on your memory with the notch in the memory slot. Once you’ve made sure that your memory stick is aligned correctly then firmly press the stick of RAM into the slot until you hear two clicks from the holding clips.

5. After securing the memory in the slot then put the side panel back on and boot your computer.

6. If you get a message saying that “there has been a change to the memory configuration” then just press the continue key. That’s it.


– If your computer beep when you first boot the computer then there is a problem with the RAM you’ve installed. Make sure it is the correct speed or whether it’s error correcting (ECC) or not.

– Memory is sensitive to static electricity so please make sure your ground yourself by touching the screw in your electrical socket before installing the RAM.

– If you are using Windows 32-bit version then your operating system will use a maximum of 3.2GB of RAM. If your using Windows 64-bit version then you can use as much memory as your motherboard can handle.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Install Memory” has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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