This tip will explain how you can use a tool that’s built into Windows 10 to see if your system memory (RAM) is behaving normally.
Before you start pulling apart your PC to see if there’s a problem with your RAM – try this:
- Click inside the Windows “Search” box and type the word memory. Locate the item named Windows Memory Diagonostic, and select it.
- Make sure to save any open work, shut down open Apps, and then select Restart now and check for problems
- Windows will restart your PC. This time, the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool will start instead of Windows and begin running a series of tests on your RAM. These tests can take a fair bit of time to complete – the more RAM you have the longer the test will take. You may want to grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee. You don’t need to monitor your computer the entire time.
- When the test has completed, Windows will start up again. If, and only if, a problem was found – Windows will report it here. Otherwise, your desktop will appear as normal.
- If nothing gets reported, chances are good that your RAM (memory) is fine. If an error was reported – search the web for that phrase. Locate the result from Microsoft, and follow those instructions. Good luck!