Running Memory Diagnostics in Windows Vista

October 2nd, 2008

There are literally hundreds of reasons why a PC can crash. OK, I lied, there are a near infinite number of reasons why a PC can crash, but I didn't want to upset you with the truth.

One cause of system instabilities and crashes is RAM related problems. If you've built or bought a new PC and you're having problems, or you've worked on your PC and you're experiencing issues, it's worthwhile testing the RAM to make sure that things are OK in that department.

Under Vista it's a snap to test your RAM.

If you're system is running an booting up then you can access the Memory Diagnostics Tool as follows:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel
  2. Click System and Maintenance
  3. Click Administrative Tools
  4. Click Memory Diagnostics Tool
  5. Click on Restart now and check for problems (recommended)

But what if Windows won't boot up? Well, under these circumstances there are two options open to you;

  • Use the Windows Boot Manager - Just as Windows Vista starts to boot you press F8. The scroll down to Windows Memory Diagnostic and press ENTER.
  • Alternatively, pop your Vista DVD in the DVD drive and boot up.  When you get to Install Now select the Repair Your Computer option and then Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool.

A full scan of your memory can take some time, so use that opportunity to take the dog for a walk or something!

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