How to set up a memory test in Windows

In our topic today we want to teach you how to set up a memory test in Windows, however, first it is important to know that for lack of memory it is likely that your PC will behave in a strange unpredictable way.

Memory failures in this case can cause programs to crash, system freezing and the blue screen to fail from time to time, which is a nuisance for users especially for those who do not know what is happening on their computer.

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Fortunately today Windows 7 and Windows 8, a download that is available for Windows XP, comes hand in hand with a system built into the program to check the memory and diagnose what are the problems they may experience.

In addition, RAM can't be very expensive to replace, however, an immediate memory test is run to find out what your first step is.

Diagnosis of Windows memory in Windows XP

It is worth remembering that later versions of Windows come with a system built into the tool in order to test the memory, especially for those using Windows XP. But in this case you also have to download the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool from the Internet.

Unfortunately this program is no longer available on the Microsoft website, but there is a similar program that you can download for free from Softpedia.com.

In fact, running a memory test on Windows XP requires some additional steps, so pay close attention to the following:

  • Windows Memory Diagnostic tool Softpedia.com.
  • A blank CD.
  • An application to burn a bootable CD (CDBurnerXP works very well for this).

The first thing you have to do is download the Windows memory diagnostic tool, even if you are not available on the Microsoft website you can find a working copy.

Here you can see that the download is not an exe file, the file you must download from disk is an iso. This file is nothing more than an image of a CD or DVD in a single file. So before using this file it is important to download some additional software.

However, in order to use this type of file it is necessary to create what is known as a boot CD. A boot CD is a disk that a PC can load at boot time just like Windows would.

Currently there are many programs that can create a bootable CD of an iso image, but CDburnerXP is completely free and works very well for this purpose.

How to create an iso image boot disk

  • Download a copy of CDBurnerXP .
  • Execute the downloaded file and follow the installation instructions.
  • Starts the newly installed version of CDBurnerXP.
  • He then places a blank CD in the drive.
  • Now clickRecord ISO image.
  • Select the diagnostic tool, Windows Memory Iso.
  • Click Burn Disc.

Here you need a final step before you can use the newly created CD to run a memory test, so you must change the boot sequence of your PC in the BIOS menu.

At first everything can seem complicated and even confusing, but it is a really simple and fast process. Now, to be able to change the boot sequence you must follow the following steps:

  • Restart your PC.
  • When your PC restarts, you will be prompted to press a key to display a setup menu. Normally this key is F12 or DEL, so press this key to enter the BIOS menu.
  • In the BIOS, look for the Boot menu, this can be labeled as Boot Menu boot order, boot sequence, or something similar.
  • Now move the CD/DVD drive to the top of the start command. This will make your PC look for a bootable CD before trying to boot into Windows.
  • Finally, click Save and Exit.

Now that you've created your CD and your PC is set to run from that CD, it's time to start the memory test. To run the memory test for a WindowsXP machine you must do the following:

  • Place the bootable CD in the CD drive.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Your PC boots from the disk in the CD drive.
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic runs automatically and starts scanning your memory for faults.
  • After running the analysis, the tool will tell you whether the analysis was successful or not.
  • In case your memory does not pass the test, select the option to view the errors
  • In this menu, PC you may be able to tell him that he didn't get memory module and needs to be replaced.

Moreover, to run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool Windows 7, today the process for memory test has been simplified for users of later versions of Windows.

This is because Microsoft has incorporated the memory diagnostic tool into the operating system itself, so you don't have to worry about downloads and boot CDs. To run the memory diagnostic tool inside Windows 7 you must:

Click Start and click Control Panel.

In the upper right corner of the window, click View By and select Large Icons.

Now click the Administrative Tools icon.

Under Administrative Tools, select Windows Memory Diagnostic

Select the option to restart now and see if there are problems. Be sure to save open jobs before continuing, as this will cause your PC to restart.

Your PC restarts and runs the test automatically.

Once the test is finished, the computer will restart again and the results are displayed.

If the memory does not diagnose it, you have to replace the memory module indicated.

Steps for memory diagnostics within Windows 8

First press the Windows key, then type Control Panel and press Enter.

In the upper right corner of the window, click View By and select Large Icons.

Click the Administrative Tools icon.

Under Administrative Tools, select Windows Memory Diagnostic.

Select the restart now option and see if there are any problems. Be sure to save open jobs before continuing, as this will cause your PC to restart.

Your PC restarts and runs the test automatically.

At the end of the test, the computer will restart again and the results will be displayed.

If the memory did not diagnose it, you will have to replace the memory module indicated.

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  1. Diagnosis of Windows memory in Windows XP
  2. How to create an iso image boot disk
  3. Steps for memory diagnostics within Windows 8
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