How to Add a New Part to Your PC

Part of the Upgrading & Fixing PCs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Upgrading your PC may mean adding a new part to the PC’s motherboard. No need to be intimidated, just use the steps in the following list as a guide and you’ll come through your upgrade with flying colors and a new and improved PC.

  1. Copy any important information on your hard drive to a CD/DVD, another computer on your network, or a portable hard drive for safekeeping. (To be really safe, back up the entire hard drive.)

  2. Read any instructions that came with your new part.

  3. Exit any running programs, turn off your PC, and unplug it from the wall.

  4. Clean off the desk or table space next to your computer.

  5. Put your tools next to the computer.

  6. Remove your PC’s cover.

  7. Touch an unpainted part of the computer’s case to discharge any static electricity that might have built up.

    This keeps static electricity from damaging your computer’s sensitive internal parts.

    If you work in a particularly static-prone environment, buy a wrist strap or grounding mat from your computer store to help discharge static.

  8. Remove the old item and insert the new one.

  9. Plug in the PC, turn it on, and carefully test the new part to see whether it works.

  10. Turn off the PC, unplug it, and put the case back together.

  11. Plug in the PC and put away your tools.

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