How To Do A Health Check For RAM On Windows 7

Seeing a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) on Windows 7?  This is one of the most irritating computer issues I’ve to admit.  BSoD can occur for many reasons.  Perhaps, your computer has a bad hard drive or a bad RAM card, but you can never be too sure what is the real problem unless you put your hardware through a series of stress tests.  In this blog post, I’ll be showing you how to do a test to check to see if your RAM cards are OK on Windows 7.  Perhaps, by testing the memory of your computer can at least let you know either RAM has been the culprit of BSoD or not!

Checking your RAM cards’ health on Windows 7 is a breeze.  Windows 7 has a utility for this very purpose, and so don’t you go and download any external software unless you want to have an additional confirmation from a third party software.  Anyhow, let us begin with the process of how to start a memory check on Windows 7.

  1. Go to Control Panel >> System Security >> Administrative Tools
  2. Double click on Windows Memory Diagnostic
  3. A small pop up window will give you two choices.  You can do a memory check right away or you can check the memory for problems after the next cold boot (i.e., next time you start your computer).  Why don’t you pick the option check right away so a memory test can begin!
  4. Your computer will restart right away after you pick the option of testing for memory right away.  You will see a blue screen of Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool, and at this screen you will eventually get a confirmation if your machine has a memory problem or not! (This process is very fast on my computer, but I’m not sure if it will be the same for all computers).
    • Stop the test by hit ESC key on your keyboard
    • Hit F1 key on your keyboard for more options
    • Letting the test finish, your computer will automatically restart on its own!
    • Computer had restarted on its own after the test, but no test result has shown?  It probably means that your system’s RAM cards are fine!

Good luck on getting one step closer to see why you have a BSoD or whatever answers you’re seeking for your hardware by completing a RAM health check!


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