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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
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Buying and installing RAM


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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Buying and installing RAM

If you've decided to upgrade the RAM, the first thing you need to think about is the type of RAM that you have in your computer. And there are many, many, many types of RAM. Don't just go out and blindly buy RAM. You need to figure out what kind of RAM is in your computer. You're going to need to check your computer manuals for help. If your computer is relatively new, you may be able to just go back to the store you got it from and ask the guy who sold it to you. You can figure out what kind of RAM you have that way.

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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
45m 55s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Buying and installing RAM

If you've decided to upgrade the RAM, the first thing you need to think about is the type of RAM that you have in your computer. And there are many, many, many types of RAM. Don't just go out and blindly buy RAM. You need to figure out what kind of RAM is in your computer. You're going to need to check your computer manuals for help. If your computer is relatively new, you may be able to just go back to the store you got it from and ask the guy who sold it to you. You can figure out what kind of RAM you have that way.

You can also look on the internet. You can surf Google, put in the type of computer you bought and figure out what kind of RAM you have. If you buy the wrong kind of RAM, it may or may not fit, and it may or may not work. Don't buy the wrong kind of RAM. You want to make sure that you get what you need, and that it's going to work with your computer. Once you've bought the RAM and you need it installed, the best bet, especially if you're relatively new to computers, is to have a computer tech do it for you. Opening your computer, especially if it's new and on a warranty, will void the warranty.

Now for those of us that play with a computer all the time, this is no big deal, putting in RAM is a two minute process, it really is. But if you're not comfortable, the best thing to do is have a computer tech do it. It does take only a couple of minutes, and you don't have to install any drivers or any software. You put the RAM in, and then you restart the computer. Basically what you want is to see that Windows is going to pick up the RAM. And that's all there is to it.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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