How to replace your HP laptop’s memory

Upgrading your HP laptop’s memory is one of the best ways to get better performance, and it is also one of the easiest upgrades to make. The procedure may be different for each model, but the same basic instructions apply.

  1. It is not a bad idea to back up important data in case something goes wrong. Shut down the HP laptop and remove the battery. Also, unplug the laptop from the wall to ensure no power is going to the machine.
  2. With the screen closed, flip the laptop over and find the RAM access door. In most cases, it will be marked with a picture of a RAM stick. If you cannot find the access door, check the user manual for your HP laptop.
  3. Unscrew the access door and remove it from the laptop.
  4. The memory has clips holding it in. In some models these clips need to be opened to the sides. In other models you must press on the memory and it will swing out toward you to be removed. Remove the memory by gently but firmly pulling it toward you.
  5. Replace the new memory in the same slot as the old memory. Make sure the notch at the bottom of the memory stick matches the notch in the slot and gently but firmly slide it into the slot.
  6. Replace the securing clips if necessary for your model of laptop. Swing the memory back into place if necessary for your model.
  7. Replace the access door and any screws.
  8. Replace the battery, power up the HP laptop, and verify that the correct capacity of memory is being recognized.

Replacing memory is a very simple process that can be safely performed by most users, but it is always a good idea to consult your user manual for the location of the access door and specific information on how to replace the memory for your model of laptop. It is also a good idea to consult a computer parts retailer that can ensure you get the correct memory for your computer, and can also advise you on the maximum amount your laptop will support.