How to Use Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool to Test RAM

Learn about the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool and how it can help you identify memory problems on your computer.

Windows has an awesome tool called Windows Memory Diagnostic tool which you can use to check for possible memory problems, including testing of the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer. Also whenever Windows suspects and finds any problems with your computer’s memory, It will ask you to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. If you are facing any Blue screen of death (BSOD) Error, the Computer frequently hangs and often reboots during RAM intensive use (in games, 3D applications, video and graphics editors) All these problems could be symptoms of hardware problems. A defective memory stick could cause all sorts of problems to your computer. And Running a Memory diagnosis would be a good thing to do as the first step of your troubleshooting process which helps you to detect the memory problem of your PC.

The Memory Diagnostic Tools runs a comprehensive test and displays the test results so you can take immediate action.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

To open the Memory Diagnostic Tool Open the control panel and type ‘memory’ on the search bar. Then click on ‘Windows Memory Diagnostics’ to open it. or you can type Memory diagnostic Start Menu search You will see the Windows Memory Diagnostic app as a suggestion. Click on it This Will open the memory diagnostic Tool, Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + R, then type mdsched.exe and hit enter to open it.

Now you have to choose between two options: ‘Restart now and check the problems’ or ‘Check for problems the next time I restart my computer.

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Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

If you choose to restart and check the problems, make sure to save all your work and close all the running programs on your Windows 10 computer, or do so the next time when start your computer. When you restart Windows, the Memory Diagnostics Tool automatically starts running tests on your PC’s memory. Be patient as it might take some time to finish running the diagnostic tests. The system will also display the progress bar and the status notification during the process.

Run memory diagnostic test

Advanced options for running the Memory Diagnostics Tool:

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Here you can press F1 To Access The Advanced options to adjust the tool’s settings When the Memory Diagnostics Tool starts.

You can adjust the following settings:

  • Test mix. Choose what type of test you want to run: Basic, Standard, or Extended. The choices are described in the tool.
  • Cache. Choose the cache setting you want for each test: Default, On, or Off.
  • Pass count. Type the number of times you want to repeat the test.

advanced options for memory diagnostic tool

Now After making changes for advanced options press F10 To Apply changes and Start the Test.

It might take several minutes for the tool to finish checking your computer’s memory. Once The process is finished, your computer will reboot and return to the Windows desktop. Now When you log on, It will show you the Result. But sometimes, You may not see the result automatically. In that case, You have to find it manually. The result can be found in the Windows Event Viewer.

Find Memory Diagnostic Test Results

To Check Memory Diagnostic Test Results manually press Win + R  type ‘eventvwr.msc’ into the run dialog box and press enter or right-click the start button and select ‘Event Viewer’ This will open the Windows Event Viewer Screen.

Now Locate the ‘Windows Logs’ on the right side and open it and click on system. You will see all system logs list in the middle of the Window. The list may be huge.  It is very difficult to find the result from it. So, You have to filter the result so that you can find it very easily Click ‘Find’ on the right pane.

Find memory diagnostic rest results

On the box that pops up, type ‘MemoryDiagnostic’, then click ‘Find Next’. The test results will open at the bottom of that same Window.

Double click the event log entry to see the details of whether there are any errors detected.

Memory diagnostic test results

That’s all about the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool, I Hope After Read This Post You are very clear about what is Memory Diagnostic Tool, How it works and how to Run the Memory Diagnose Tool To fix Windows Memory problems. Still Have any queries, or suggestions About this post feel free to comment below.

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