Updating memory on laptop

Increasing the amount of memory is one of the most cost-effective ways to breathe life into an older system and extend its usefulness.

We show you start to finish how to replace memory modules in a notebook computer in this guide.

The more RAM is available, the more processes can run simultaneously.

Performance issues occur when the available RAM is exhausted.

If your computer doesn't have enough physical memory, it starts swapping data to your hard drive or SSD, which is infinitely slower than even the slowest RAM chip.

While not all modern laptops give you access to the RAM, many do provide a way to upgrade your memory.

If you can upgrade your laptop's memory, it won't cost you much money or time.

If you're a power user--multitasking across several intensive programs or keeping 30 or so browser tabs open at once--more memory will likely help your system run more smoothly.

You can check your laptop's memory usage in Windows Task Manager.

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