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Investigate RAM problems with Vista’s Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

Article Author: Greg Shultz / TechRepublic

If you’re encountering application failures, operating system faults, or Stop errors in Windows Vista, you could have defective or failing RAM. Microsoft included the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool in Windows Vista so that you can test the RAM chips in your system.

There are actually several ways that you can launch the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. The method you will use will depend on your situation.

If you are experiencing intermittent problems but can still boot into Vista, you can launch the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool by clicking the Start button, selecting Control Panel, and clicking the System and Maintenance icon. When you access the System and Maintenance window, select Administrative Tools. Then, click the Memory Diagnostics Tool icon.

Alternatively, you can click the Start button, type Memory in the Start Search box, and then click the Memory Diagnostics Tool icon. Either way, you’ll encounter a UAC and will need to respond accordingly.

When you see the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool dialog box click the Restart Now and Check for Problems option. When you do, the dialog box will close and your system will automatically restart.

If you are experiencing problems booting up Vista, you can run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool from the Windows Boot Manager menu. Press and hold down F8 while the system starts up. When you see the Windows Boot Manager menu use the arrow key to select the Windows Memory Diagnostic option at the bottom of the screen and press [Enter].

If you are experiencing major problems booting up Vista, you can run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool from the Windows Vista DVD. Boot the system from the DVD and follow along until you see the Install Now prompt. When you see the prompt, locate and select the Repair Your Computer option. Once the System Recovery Options menu appears, select the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool option.

In this edition of the Windows Vista Report, Greg Shultz show you how to launch and use the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool. A clear how-to, provided with screenshots and explicit instructions.

Windows Vista Memory Diagnostic Tool Report: TechRepublic

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October 18, 2008 - Posted by | Advisories, Friends, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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