What Way to Install Memory (RAM) in a Laptop / Notebook

This guide was developed to instruct readers on the proper procedures for installing memory modules into a laptop computer. It includes step-by-step instructions for the physical installation of a memory module into those laptop systems that have an access panel to the memory modules. Not all laptops have this type of access. If yours does not, then it will probably require installation from an authorized technician.

For additional information about installing computer memory into your computer system, it is recommended that you read any user manuals that came with your computer for specific procedures that may be required. For more information for purchasing memory upgrades for a computer, please refer to the Before You Buy Memory upgrades article.

  1. Turn off the computer and remove all power cords from the computer system.
  2. Locate the panel used for access to the memory modules. This is generally located on the bottom of the laptop computer. Refer to your laptop instruction manuals for locating the panel.
  3. Remove any screws that the panel in place and place somewhere safe to prevent losing it.
  4. Remove the panel from the laptop and set aside.
  5. If replacing or upgrading an existing memory module, remove the memory modules by undoing and module clamps and gently lifting the edge of the module to a 45-degree angle and then pulling the module out of the slot.
  6. Align the notch of the memory module with that of the memory slot and gently insert the module into the slot at a 45-degree angle.
  7. Once all the pins are in the slot, gently rotate the module down flat until the clamps lock into the module into place.
  8. Replace the memory access panel onto the laptop computer.
  9. Replace any screws or fasteners that hold the panel in place.
  10. Replace the power cord and power up your computer system.

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.


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