Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 8

Posted by Arun Choudhary Articles | Windows 8 April 09, 2012
In this article I will explain about how to start the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 8.
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In this article Windows 8 Provides the use of Diagnostic Tools in your Computer running in Windows 8 Operating System. Memory Diagnostic Tool is used to verify and test RAM (Random Access Memory) for any faults. Diagnostic Tool helps you to identify if any problems found due to hardware failure Such as RAM, Motherboard and other circuit and it is done by running set of tests. Memory diagnostic tool provides you by displaying the reports if there is any hardware memory component failure. Windows 8 find the a memory error and Operating System kicks in the memory Diagnostic Tool to systematically test your Computer's memory for errors. Diagnostic Tool cannot run from within Windows and you must restart your computer and allow the tool to run before Windows 8 loads. Memory failed is one of the most common causes of the Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). you want getting an unexplained BSOD and your computer's RAM may be the cause Memory (RAM) can become corrupted and not work properly. If the Memory Diagnostics Tool detects errors, contact your computer or memory manufacturer for more information.

Basically, a replacement is needed to fix the problem, But before you replace your hardware, you should use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. Diagnostic tool is available in windows 8 as Windows Vista and Seven. The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard. Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. No matter which version of the tool you use, the tool starts to check your computer's memory after your computer reboots. The tool does three different memory checks and two passes. After both passes are completed, the computer restarts and Windows will boot again. If the Memory Diagnostics Tool detects problems with your computer's memory, contact your computer or memory manufacturer for information about fixing the problem. If the Memory Diagnostics Tool does not find any errors, you'll get a message that no errors were found.

When you are received a notification about a possible memory problem, click the notification and choose between two options for run the Memory Diagnostics Tool.

  • You can restart your computer and run the tool immediately.
  • You can restart your computer and run the tool later.

If you choose restart your Computer and run the Tool immediately and make sure that your work is completely saved and close all running programs. The Memory Diagnostic tool will run automatically when you restart Windows. It might take several minutes for checking the Computer memory. While the memory Diagnostic tool runs, you will look a progress bar for the status of test. If test is done, Windows will restart automatically. If the tool detects errors, you should contact your computer manufacturer for information about fixing them, since memory errors usually indicate a problem with the memory chips in your computer or other hardware problem.

Advanced Option For Running the Memory Diagnostics Tool

The memory Diagnostics Tool run automatically and the advanced might want to adjust the Tool settings. These are given below.

1. When the Memory Diagnostics Tool starts, press F1.

2. You can adjust the following settings.

  • Test mix choose what type of test you want to run Basic, Standard and Extended. The choices are described in the Tool.
  • Cache Choose the Cache setting you want for each test like as Default, On or Off.
  • Pass Count You want to repeat the steps type the number of times.

3. Press F10 to start the test.

Steps to start Memory Diagnostic Tool in Windows 8

Step 1 : Click on Start to open Windows 8 Metro UI screen and then select CONTROL PANEL as shown below.


Step 2 : You moved the cursor on the right bottom and can search the Control Panel and Click and Open the Control Panel.


Step 3 : Select the System and Security in the Control Panel.


Step 4 : Open the Administrator Tool, it is the last option under System and Security.


Step 5 : In the administrative tools window opened you have a show list of options from which click open the 'Windows memory diagnostic'.


Step 6 : Now you can see the option to check the memory errors and click the 'Restart now and check for problem' option, before that saved any unsaved work running your PC.


Step 7 : Once you select to restart, the windows memory diagnostic tool starts checking and restarts automatically displaying the result.