If your computer is running slowly, you may be able to solve the problem by increasing your computer’s random access memory (RAM). RAM is the part of a computer’s memory that stores all its data.
The type of RAM you need depends on the make and model of your computer and whether it’s a desktop or laptop. You also need to know which slots on the motherboard and in which combinations you can install the RAM modules.
Before Replacing the RAM
To upgrade or not to upgrade? That is the question. To answer it, you’ll need to free up some memory from your device. There may be an unnecessary strain on the memory that you can clear away to essentially “get more RAM” for free.
If the RAM sticks are faulty, you may need to replace them with new ones. If you think this is the case, refer to our laptop memory buyer’s guide and desktop memory buyer’s guide for information on how much memory you need, limitations, the RAM types that are available, and more.
Replace the RAM in a Computer
After you have purchased the correct RAM chips, you open the computer and replace them in empty slots intended for RAM chips, or remove the old chips and replace them with new chips.
The specific steps necessary to replace the memory in your computer depend on whether you are replacing the RAM in a desktop or laptop computer.