How to Upgrade Memory on a Dell Laptop

How to Upgrade Memory on a Dell Laptop

If your Dell laptop struggles while performing certain system-intensive operations, such as running games or media-editing software, one possible solution is to upgrade the installed memory. When your computer runs an application that requires more memory than is installed, it compensates by using hard drive space as “virtual” memory; this keeps the application running but results in a performance hit. By replacing an installed memory module with one of larger capacity, you increase the pool of available system memory, minimizing the need to use virtual memory.



1.Exit any applications and shut down your computer. Disconnect the power cord, if attached. If you have any peripheral devices attached to your laptop, such as a printer, keyboard or external monitor, disconnect them from the computer.

2.Locate the laptop’s battery bay; slide the battery release latch and remove the installed battery from the laptop. Press the power button to discharge any residual electricity. Close the laptop’s display.

3.Examine the underside of the laptop and locate the cover to the memory module compartment (some models come with a large “base” cover, which also conceals the wireless mini card and hard drive). Remove the screws that secure the cover to the laptop’s underside. Lift the cover off of the laptop and set it aside. Touch a nearby metal surface to dissipate any stored static electricity.

4.Locate the installed memory modules and find the module you wish to upgrade. Push apart the clips at either end of the installed module; when the module pops up, grip the component by the plastic edges and pull it out of the socket.

5.Insert the new memory module in its place and apply pressure until it feels fully seated in the module socket. Push down on the top edge of the module until the clips snap into place on both sides.


6.Replace the memory module compartment cover and use the previously removed screws to secure it back in place. Reinsert the battery into the laptop’s battery bay. Reconnect the power cord and any previously disconnected peripheral devices.

7.Push the laptop’s power button and log into your operating system. Check the system information to confirm that the newly installed module is functioning properly.

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