How do I run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool (Windows 7)?

WINDOWS MEMORY DIAGNOSTIC TOOL

There are a few ways to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool. In this article, there are two ways of performing the diagnostic; from within the Windows environment and from the Windows operating system disc.

OPTION 1: TO START FROM WITHIN WINDOWS 7

  1. Open the Control Panel, viewing all items (top right corner > View by: > Small or Large Icons).
  2. Click on Administrative Tools > Memory Diagnostics Tool.
    OR
  3. Start > Search Box, type mdsched, press Enter.



  4. Select Restart now and check for problems option.



  5. The computer will now restart and you will see this screen next. You will want to choose the Extended test. (See screen shots below.)
  6. NOTE: Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool will run the Standard test by default.
  7. To change the Memory Diagnostic Tool options, press F1 at the bottom of the screen. NOTE: If you have a multimedia keyboard, then you may need to press the Function (F-Lock) key for F1 to work. (See screen shots below.)
    Press the TAB key to switch between the option categories, and use the arrow keys to select the option.





  8. When the test is finished running, it will automatically restart the computer.
  9. NOTE: If errors are found, the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will attempt to determine which particular memory module in your computer is causing these errors. If that information is available, it will be stated in the results after you log on from the restart. If bad memory is found then you will need to remove that memory and replace it.


OPTION 2: TO START FROM SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS:

  1. Insert your Windows operating system disc. After the Velocity Micro logo, you will see a screen that states "Press any key to boot from CD..." Immediately press a key as this screen is only available briefly! Once you've pressed a key, the system will state that it is loading Windows files as a white bar progresses across the bottom of the screen.
  2. Windows will appear with the blue background and then the "Install Now" will appear. At the bottom right corner, click "Repair Your Computer". Next, click on System Recovery Options. In the System Recovery Options box, choose Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool.



  3. In the next dialog box, select the Restart now and check for problems option.



  4. The computer will now restart.
  5. NOTE: Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool will run the Standard test by default. If you would like to change the diagnostics settings to run the Extended test, follow the procedures in Step 5.
  6. To change the Memory Diagnostic Tool options, press F1 at the bottom of the screen. NOTE: If you have a multimedia keyboard, then you may need to press the Function (F-Lock) key for F1 to work.
  7. Press the TAB key to switch between the option categories, and use the arrow keys to select the option.
  8. When finished, press F10 to apply any changes you made to the options.
  9. NOTE: Press the Escape (Esc) key if you do not wish to make any changes to the options.
  10. When the test is finished running, it will automatically restart the computer.
  11. NOTE: If errors are found, the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will attempt to determine which particular memory module in your computer is causing these errors. If that information is available, it will be stated in the results after you log on from the restart. If bad memory is found then you will need to remove that memory and replace it.