You will get a more detailed view by clicking on the “Open Resource Monitor” option at the bottom of the Task Manager window and navigating to the Memory tab. Note that the screens are slightly different in Windows 7 (the screenshots below come from Windows 10).
If you are near or over the amount of physical memory, you know you need more.
2. Find out if you can upgrade
Unfortunately many laptops have bottom sealing or memory soldered on the motherboard, both situations that prevent you from upgrading RAM. It’s also possible that the system just wasn’t able to recognize more than a certain amount of memory and you were able to reach the maximum. To find out if you can upgrade your RAM, try Crucial’s Memory Advisor tool. After entering your brand and exact model of the laptop, you will get a screen that shows the maximum amount of memory and how many slots your laptop has.
The key features also list the memory modules you can buy for your laptop. However, you may also get similar DIMMs from other brands. Note the speed and type of RAM you need, usually DDR2, DDR3 or DDR4 with a specific speed next to it (eg “DDR3 PC3-12800”).
3. Open control panel to locate your position
With your additional memory on hand, it’s time to upgrade your laptop’s memory, a pretty straightforward process. First of all, turn off the laptop and unplug the adapter.
Then open the control panel at the bottom of your laptop that includes the memory banks. (Depending on your system, you may have to remove the entire back of the laptop in order to access memory and other components.)
3. Basis to avoid electrostatic discharge
However, before touching any component in the computer, touch any metal surface inside the computer (for example, the back of the hard drive or the metal tip for another component). This will release any damaging static electricity from your body.
4. Remove memory if necessary
If all of your memory slots are full, you will need to pull out the existing DIMMs to replace them. To remove the memory module, push the clips holding it in place. The memory modules will pop up at an angle.
Then, holding the memory module by its edges – without touching the yellow connector on the bottom, lift it out.
5. Install new memory modules
Next, insert the new module into your opening at a 45 degree angle, with the gold edges facing downwards. Use even pressure with your fingers at the top of the module to push them into place. When you hear a click and feel the DIMM slot in place, push the module firmly until it is installed flat and flat, with the clamps holding it securely.
That’s it! Turn on the laptop and go back to the System Information window or Task Manager to verify your new memory has been added. Enjoy your upgraded memory!