10 easy steps to install Desktop memory

Adding memory (RAM) to your desktop computer can instantly make your computer faster, increase system responsiveness, and make multitasking seamless.

Watch tutorial or follow steps below.

1. Gather supplies

 Clear off your installation space and make sure you’re working in a static-safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your workspace.

RAM installation supplies

Then, you’ll need the following items:

  • Your desktop computer
  • Crucial® desktop memory
  • Screwdriver
  • Owner’s manual


2. Shut down your desktop computer

Because your files, documents, and data are on your storage drive, not your Random Access Memory (RAM), they remain unaffected during this process.

3. Unplug the power cable

This includes any cables and accessories plugged into the computer

4. Hold the power button for 5 seconds

This discharges any residual electricity still in the system.

5. Open the case

For instructions about opening your specific system, consult its owner's manual. You can also take pictures as you work through the process to see where cables or screws are attached to make it easier to put back together.

Desktop case open

6. Ground yourself!

Man removes static electricity by grounding

Touch an unpainted metal surface – this is an extra safeguard that protects your computer memory and components from static damage during the installation process.

Precautions before installation:

  • Discharge static electricity

    Static electricity can damage the components in your system. To protect your system’s components from static damage during the installation process, touch any of the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer’s frame or wear an ESD wrist strap before touching or handling internal components. Either method will safely discharge static electricity that’s naturally present in your body.

  • Protect your memory module

    To protect your memory module, avoid touching the gold pins or components (chips). It’s best to hold the module by the top or side edges.

7. Remove existing memory modules

Press down on the clips on the sides of each module, the clip mechanism will push the memory module up. You can then pull the module completely out.

Person removes desktop RAM module

8. Install memory

Holding the modules along the edges, align the notches on the module with the ridge in the slot, then apply even pressure and firmly press the module in. It usually takes about 30 pounds of pressure to fully install the module.

Person installs RAM in desktop computer

Note: Some desktops require you to install modules in matched pairs (memory banks). If this is the case, the slots will likely be labelled for how the memory should be installed. If you only have two memory slots, don't worry about this - proceed with the simple install.

Memory banks

9. Close the computer case

10. Plug in the power cable

Your Memory is now Installed!

Boot up and enjoy a more responsive computer that’s now better equipped to run memory-intensive apps.

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