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10. Testing Memory With The Windows 7 Memory Diagnostic Tool

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When problems occur with your PC the first thing we tend to blame is the Operating System. For some reason users seem reluctant to believe that their PC hardware could be the cause of their PC crashing. An even bigger shock is when they are told the problem could be Memory related.

Fortunately, like its predecessor, Windows Vista, Windows 7 also has a set of memory diagnostic tools that can put your memory through its paces and instantly tell you whether your memory has a clean bill of health or whether you need to replace those aging memory sticks.

To access the memory diagnostic tools, proceed as follows:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. In the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu type: Windows Memory Diagnostics.
  3. The Windows Memory Diagnostics option will appear at the top of the search list.
  4. Click on the Windows Memory Diagnostics option and the application will run.
  5. A screen will now appear giving you two choices:
  6. Restart now and check for problems (Recommended).
  7. Check for problems the next time I start my computer.
  8. Unless you are in the process of doing something important we would suggest that you Click the Restart now and check for problems (recommended) option.
  9. Once your PC restarts Windows memory Diagnostics will put your memory through a set of rigorous tests and report any errors.
  10. You should be aware that the Memory Diagnostic Test can be extremely time consuming, therefore allow plenty of time for the tests to be completed satisfactorily.