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How to Check Your Computer for Memory (RAM) Problems

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Got weird errors and file corruption? Traditionally, that problem meant your computer’s RAM was going bad, and so it’s time for a memory check. Whether that’s still true anymore is up for debate, but here’s how to use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to scan for problems.

Just open up the Start Screen or Start Menu and type in “Memory”, or you can head into Control Panel and search for the tool. You can either restart right away, or choose to restart the next time you start the PC. Either way, you’ll see something like the following screen, which we stole from our article about using the memory diagnostics tool on Windows Vista. Same thing.

Wondering how to upgrade your computer’s memory if you find a problem? We’ve got you covered.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/20/13

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