How to test RAM using Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

Whenever a hardware component on your PC or Laptop runs into some problem it causes the entire system to malfunction. These hardware components include your RAM, HDD, SSD, and Motherboard. The problems with your RAM can cause instability, data corruption, display problems, and more and in addition to this, it can be difficult to identify what’s causing the issue.

Most people usually prefer getting the computer or laptop checked in the authorized service centers however doing that costs you money and hence before you do that diagnosing your Windows system at your home is a good option. But how do you do that? Worry not. We have got you covered. In this guide, we are going to show you, How to test RAM using Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. Without waiting further, let’s get started.

How to test RAM using Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

Step 1: Launch the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool on your PC or Laptop. To do this, you can either bring up your Start Menu and open the tool from the “Windows Administrative Tools” section else you can simply make a search for the “Windows Memory Diagnostic” tool in your search bar.


Step 2: Once you run the tool it’ll ask you to choose between two options. The first one that says “Restart now and check for problems” instantly restarts your PC and starts checking for issues. This is recommended for you if you aren’t in the middle of work and you don’t have any data which gets deleted due to a restart.

The second option “Check for problems the next time PC restarts” runs the tool when you restart your PC manually. If you are in the middle of some work on your laptop or PC we’d recommend you to go with this one.


Step 3: As we choose the Restart Now and check for problems option, the computer will restart and the system will run in MS-DOS like interface. It will automatically run two Standard test passes and then reboots automatically to Windows.

However, if you are looking to change the settings for the test, you can press the “F1” key and select the settings that you want to opt for.


Step 4: Once the test is completed and you’ve logged into Windows, you will get a notification from the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool with the information if any issues were detected or not.

That’s all, folks! This is an inbuilt tool from Microsoft that allows you to check issues with your Memory however you can also download third-party tools that do the same job and offer some additional features. Were we helpful? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out more Windows 10 guides here.