How do you upgrade computer RAM?


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Upgrade computer RAM by replacing the RAM sticks in your computer or by plugging in additional RAM sticks. There are multiple types of RAM, and purchasing the correct type is critical.

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First, determine what type of RAM your computer uses. To do so, open the Task Manager by right clicking on the taskbar and clicking Task Manager. Alternatively, press Control+Alt+Delete and select Task Manager from the list. The type of RAM your computer uses is available in the Performance tab. Some of the RAM types are DDR1, DDR2, DDR3 and DDR4.

Once you know what type of RAM your computer uses, purchase additional RAM sticks to plug in to your computer. If you have a desktop computer, make absolutely sure that the computer is unplugged and then open its case. If there are additional RAM slots available, you can simply plug in the new RAM; if not, take one out by opening the latches and replace it with the new RAM.

If you have a laptop, unplug the computer and remove its battery. Turn it upside down and open the panel at the bottom of the laptop. Remove the existing RAM by pushing apart the holders and pulling it out. Insert the new RAM. Most laptops do not have extra RAM slots. If yours does, simply insert the new RAM.

Once done, reassemble the computer and boot it up. The computer should detect the new RAM automatically. No drivers are necessary. Throughout the entire process, use anti-static gloves and ground yourself to protect your computer from static electricity.

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