How to upgrade the memory of your laptop

In this HowTos, let’s look at how to upgrade the memory (RAM) of your laptop. You probably have an old laptop running as slow as molasses or a new one that hangs when you have too many tabs open, increasing the RAM (random access memory) could solve the problem. Each program on a computer requires a certain amount of RAM to run correctly. If you are using multiple programs or applications at once, there may not be enough RAM to run all the applications.

So, how can you upgrade your RAM? See the following:

1. Check how much RAM you’re using

You can check the memory usage of your laptop using Windows Task Manager. Simply hit the Windows key + X, then hit the letter T on your keyboard to open the Task Manager (This shortcut works perfectly on Windows 10) or right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager (In Windows 7, hit the Windows key and type Task Manager in the search field). Then, in Task Manager’s performance tab, see how much memory is being used out of the total available. You’ll also see how many physical memory slots are in use and, thus, how many are available for adding more memory.

For more interesting details, click on the “Open Resource Monitor” at the bottom of the Task Manager window and navigating to the Memory tab. These shots are from Windows 10, note that the screen will look slightly different on Windows 7.

If you’re close to or over the amount of physical memory, it shows you need more memory.


2. Discover if you can upgrade your laptop

Not all laptops have open bottoms for easy access to the physical memory, others have their memories soldered to the motherboard, these situations prevent you from upgrading the RAM. Also possible that your system may not be able to recognize more than a certain amount of memory and you may have used up the RAM already.

If your system has an open bottom, it means you can open the memory slot panel and make necessary changes. Also, you can search your system brand via the brand website to know more details about the memory of your system. For example, I will visit  to know more about Lenovo ThinkPad L440.


3. Open the panel to find your memory bank

To upgrade your memory, you will need to purchase a new RAM, after identifying the suitable one for your system (DDR2, DDR3 or DDR4), with the price range between N7,000 – N15,000 depending on the size of the RAM.

With your additional memory in hand, it’s time to upgrade your laptop memory, a pretty straightforward process. First, turn off your laptop and unplug the power adapter.

Then open the panel on the bottom of your laptop covering the memory banks. (Depending on your system, you might have to unscrew the whole back of the laptop to access the memory and other components.)

4. Remove memory if necessary

If all your memory slots are filled, you will need to remove the existing DIMMs and replace it with a bigger memory; if not, you simply insert the new memory in the available free slot.

To remove the memory module, push apart the clips holding it in place. The memory module should pop up at an angle.

Then, holding the memory module by its edges–without touching the gold connectors at the bottom, lift the module out.

5. Install the new memory module(s)

Next, insert the new modules into your open slots at a 45-degree angle, with the gold edges facing down. Use even pressure with your fingers at the top of the modules to push them into place. When you hear a click and feel a DIMM snap into place, firmly push the module back until it is installed flat and level, with the clips holding it securely.

There you go! Power up your laptop and head back to the System Information window or Task Manager to verify your new memory has been added. Enjoy your upgraded memory!

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