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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How to Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool in Windows Vista

Windows Vista has a built-in feature called the Memory Diagnostic Tool. It will check the RAM in your computer for errors and notify the user if the RAM needs to be replaced. This utility will not find all errors, but will check for obvious hardware failures in the memory. This guide will walk-through how to run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool in Windows Vista.

  1. Click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

  2. Select Control Panel on the right half of the Start menu.

    Control Panel
  3. The Control Panel should open to a series of categories. If it does not, click the Control Panel Home link on the left.

    Control Panel Home
  4. Click the green System and Maintenance link.

    System and Maintenance
  5. Click the green Administrative Tools link which is the last heading in the menu.

    Administrative Tools
  6. Double-click the Memory Diagnostic Tool icon in the next window.

    Memory Diagnostics Tool
  7. Select the Restart now and check for problems option to begin the diagnostic.

    Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool
  8. The Memory Diagnostic Tool will run two passes on the RAM check for errors. If any errors are found they will be displayed on the screen. Once the test is complete the system will automatically reboot back into Windows Vista.

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