How to Reset RAM: A Helpful Troubleshooting Step

Restart your device Just as with most other issues your devices encounter, a great first troubleshooting step for reducing RAM usage is simply restarting your computer. Since RAM is short-term data that only exists for programs that are currently running, restarting your device will clear your RAM.

If your computer is having trouble getting started, it may be time to reset the RAM. RAM stands for Random Access Memory, and it’s essentially your computer’s short-term memory. If your system won’t post or display anything on the monitor, resetting the RAM can be a helpful troubleshooting step.

To remove and reinstall RAM, start by locating the RAM sticks on your motherboard. In the case of the motherboard shown in the video, there are two RAM sticks – one on each side. To remove a RAM stick, look for the release clip at the top of the empty slot. On some motherboards, there may be a release clip at the bottom as well.

If there is a release clip at the bottom, simply lift up on the clip and pull the RAM stick out slowly. If there is no release clip at the bottom, start by lifting up on the clip at the top of the slot, making sure there are no wires in the way. Then, slowly pull out the RAM stick from that side.

To reinstall the RAM stick, start by locating the notch on the stick itself. This notch will be longer on one side than on the other. Then, line up the notch on the RAM stick with the notch in the middle of the slot on the motherboard. Push firmly on the bottom of the RAM stick until you hear a click, then do the same for the top.

By resetting the RAM, you’re essentially giving your computer a clean slate to work with. This can help clear out any lingering issues and get your system up and running again. If you’re still having trouble after resetting the RAM, it may be time to seek additional support.


How to reset RAM on Windows 10?
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc shortcut to open the Task Manager window and click on More details to access the full view.In the Processes tab, click on the Memory header to sort from most to least RAM usage.Right-click the progress that takes up much RAM, and select End Task.
How do I refresh my RAM?
Restart Your PC. ... Check RAM Usage With Windows Tools. ... Uninstall or Disable Unneeded Software. ... Update Your Apps. ... Use Lighter Apps and Manage Running Programs. ... Scan for Malware. ... Adjust Virtual Memory in Windows. ... Try ReadyBoost to Add More RAM.