How to Remove Computer Memory


Random access memory (RAM) is a form of data storage that allows the information interchange between processor and running applications. RAM is manufactured as memory modules (chips) and installed in special memory sockets on a motherboard. Your computer's memory plays a crucial role in the system performance, and removing the memory modules is necessary for memory upgrades.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • In Windows Vista, click "Start" and select "Shut Down" to turn the computer off.

  • Use a screwdriver to open the side panel of the computer case. Locate the memory modules installed on the motherboard.

  • Using your index fingers, simultaneously press the retaining clips of the first memory socket outward to release the memory module. Then take the memory module out.

  • Repeat Step 3 for the other memory modules.


  • "Building a PC in Easy Steps"; S. Yarnold; 2007.
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