It won’t be a stretch to call the memory of a computer system as the most important element which governs the functioning of the innumerable software, files and data. Random access memory, or RAM, as it is popularly called, is a device that stores computer data so that it can be accessed in any order, irrespective of its location i.e. randomly. Poor computer memory, or poor RAM, results in hanging of computer system and slow-downs. This may result in loss of time which affects one’s productivity and efficiency at work. However, the more memory is fed into the system, the less prone it becomes to crashes and delays.

Following specific instructions would not only result in better performance, but they are also cost effective methods. The first step one needs to take is finding out how much RAM is currently installed. One can access this information by selecting the Control Panel tab in the Start Menu. However, if one is using a different operating system like Macintosh, he must select the Apple Menu and then check the ‘About this Computer’ option.

If one is not already aware, he must put in efforts to find out how much additional memory can be handled by the computer. In most cases, the maximum memory is double the memory that comes installed with the system. This information can be found by visiting the manufacturer’s website or contacting the manufacturer. The category, speed and type of RAM should also be known along with its location in the motherboard that would accommodate the new RAM chips. However, if one finds it uncomfortable to disseminate the system and access the motherboard, a technician can be hired for the same. After that, the new or upgraded RAM must be purchased by someone who is well aware of exactly what kind of chips are needed for the system. After the purchase, a backup should be created for the important files and folders, before the upgrade can be started.

The computer needs to be turned off and then the case can be opened by removing few screws. Once this is done, the sockets need to be located where the upgraded RAM chips have to be fixed. Care must be taken to push the chips down gently but firmly. Once they are fixed, the system needs to be reassembled and restarted. Certain tips and precautions are essential in this case. If the new memory installed is failed to be recognized by the computer, one must follow the steps to re-insert the chips into the motherboard, but in a different order. Also, while fixing the new chips, one must not wear wool or be on a shag carpet as it may be very dangerous. However, before one jumps to the conclusion that extra RAM would be required for a speedy and more convenient system, he must make sure that the computer is guarded against virus attacks and has proper tools that can help in regular cleaning up of the disk drives. For this purpose, anti-virus software, disk defragmenters, firewall and Spyware programs are essential. Getting new memory must be always kept as a last resort.