Our good friends over at Kingston Technology sent us over some RAM so we could do a video demonstration and show readers how easy it is to upgrade or replace your existing laptop memory. Say you bought a laptop at a great deal, but it only has 4GB of memory, or you have a much older laptop with less than 4GB of memory you definitely will want to upgrade your RAM if you are running Windows 7 64bit or Windows 8.
For the video demonstration there are 2 parts, the first is a tutorial on how to go to Kingston.com and find the right memory for your laptop, their site also list what other components they have and offer and you can see SSD drive models as well. Nothing speeds up a PC like an SSD drive so I will show you in a future series how to replace your hard drive with an SSD drive from Kingston too.
How to Find RAM for your Laptop from Kingston Website
Now for the second video I show the actual steps to replace the RAM on a Lenovo Ideapad Z575 laptop but the same exact video would help with most Lenovo laptop models, only the location of the RAM sticks and # of bays may be different on your model but if you find that model listed on the Kingston website you know it can be replaced.
How to Replace Laptop Memory
In the above videos I basically replaced the default RAM that came in the Lenovo Z575 laptops which was 6GB of RAM with 8GB of brand new Kingston HyperX memory. Windows 7 recognized the RAM right away and now many more applications could be open with better performance working in multiple applications at the same time. Note, only 64bit versions of Windows can see more than 3GB of RAM. If you are using Windows XP or 32 bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7 your OS will not be able to recognize that much RAM and you should be using the 64bit Operating System version.
RAM won’t make up for having a slow HDD drive however, though it does help with application multitasking as mentioned. In my next Kingston segment I will show you how to replace your laptop HDD drive with an SSD drive. This includes cloning the Operating System disk so you simply clone the disk, swap it out and boot to your new much faster SSD drive. I saw boot to Windows login times go from 27 seconds on the 5400RPM HDD drive to less than 8 seconds with a Kingston SSD drive replacing it!