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Windows 7: Memory Diagnostics Tool


Memory Diagnostics Tool

How to Run the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 7
Published by Brink
27 Nov 2008
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How to Run the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool to test the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors in Windows 7. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard.

For more information, see: Microsoft Online Crash Analysis: Windows Memory Diagnostic Users Guide

Tip   Tip
If you suspect memory issues, then you may also want to consider using and running Memtest86+ at boot. Memtest86+ is a comprehensive stand-alone memory diagnostic program that you boot from at startup to test your RAM. You can download a ISO file to burn to DVD to boot with, or a floppy disk package installable from Windows to a USB flash drive or floppy disk to boot with.

warning   Warning
It could take a long time (several hours) for the Memory Diagnostics Tool to finish running depending on how many passes you set, and if there are any issues found.





Here's How:
NOTE: Start with either step 1, 2, or 3 for how you want to start the Memory Diagnostics Tool.
1. To Start from within Windows 7
A) Open the Control Panel (icons view).

B) Click on the Administrative Tools icon, and click on Memory Diagnostics Tool.

C) Go to step 1F below.

OR

D) Open the Start menu.

E) In the Start Menu search box, type mdsched and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
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F) Select the Restart now and check for problems option. (See screenshot below)
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G) Go to step 4.
2. To Start from Windows Boot Manager
A) Boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen.

B) While in the Advanced Boot Options screen, press the Escape (Esc) key. (See screenshot below)
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C) While in the Windows Boot Manager screen, press the Tab key. (See screenshot below)
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D) With Windows Memory Diagnostics selected, press Enter. (See screenshot below)
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E) Go to step 4.
3. To Start from System Recovery Options
A) Boot into the System Recovery Options screen.

B) Select the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool option. (See screenshot below)
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C) Select the Restart now and check for problems option. (See screenshot below)
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4. The computer will now restart, and you will see this screen next. (See screenshot below.
NOTE: Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool will run the Standard test by default.
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A) Go to step 6.
5. To Change the Memory Diagnostic Tool Options
A) Press F1. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: If you have a multimedia keyboard, then you may need to press the Function (F-Lock) key for F1 to work.

B) Press the TAB key to switch between the option categories, and use the arrow keys to select the option. (See screenshot below)
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C) When finished, press F10 to apply any changes you made to the options. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: Press the Escape (Esc) key if you do not wish to make any changes to the options and return to the screen below step 4.
6. When the test is finished running, it will automatically restart the computer. (See screenshot below step 4)
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 and replace the bad RAM module.

7. You can also read the Memory Diagnostic Tool system log in Event Viewer.
That's it,
Shawn






22 Sep 2009   #1
thumper

windows 7 RC
 
 
Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will not stop running been running all night and this morning still running how can i stop it.



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22 Sep 2009   #2
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thumper View Post
Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will not stop running been running all night and this morning still running how can i stop it.
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Early, Am...
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22 Sep 2009   #3
thumper

windows 7 RC
 
 

wish it worked but all that dose is stop the scan from starting for next phase
wont shut off by any of the controls
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22 Sep 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Thumper, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just manually restart the computer by pressing the reset button on your computer's case to stop it.
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22 Sep 2009   #5
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Thumper, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just manually restart the computer by pressing the reset button on your computer's case to stop it.
How about Task Manager. Pull's me out sometimes.
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22 Sep 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Thumper, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just manually restart the computer by pressing the reset button on your computer's case to stop it.
How about Task Manager. Pull's me out sometimes.
Sorry HammerHead, but this is running at boot before Windows 7 starts. You would not have the Task Manager as an option. Only after Windows 7 starts up you would.
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22 Sep 2009   #7
thumper

windows 7 RC
 
 

And i thank you all for your help but none of the above answers helped i had to remove the ram from both slot's to get it to reboot nothing else worked.some how it locked in that Memory Diagnostics Tool .so maybe this answer will help someone else in the further
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22 Sep 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Thumper, I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. Thank you for posting back with your found solution.
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22 Sep 2009   #9
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thumper View Post
And i thank you all for your help but none of the above answers helped i had to remove the ram from both slot's to get it to reboot nothing else worked.some how it locked in that Memory Diagnostics Tool .so maybe this answer will help someone else in the further
Did you hit it a second time,

after the first 'Esc' stopped the 'scan-in-progress'?

Did you have computer power 'on' when you yanked the memory boards?

Certainly, with mainframe power off, the box is ready to boot from anywhere,
when power is reapplied...
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