How to Test Your Computer’s RAM for Problems

Testing your computer’s RAM for problems can help identify issues that may be causing your computer to run slowly or crash. Here’s how you can test your computer’s RAM for problems:

  1. Open the Start menu and type “Windows Memory Diagnostic” in the search bar. Click on the app when it appears.
  2. In the Windows Memory Diagnostic window, click on “Restart now and check for problems” to schedule a memory test the next time you restart your computer.
  3. Wait for your computer to restart, and the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool will automatically run a basic memory test.
  4. If you want to run a more thorough memory test, you can select the “Extended” option when the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool asks you which type of test to run.
  5. The memory test will take several minutes to complete, depending on the size of your computer’s RAM.
  6. Once the memory test is complete, your computer will automatically restart. You can check the results of the memory test by opening the Event Viewer app and looking for the “Windows Memory Diagnostic” entry in the “System” log.
  7. If the memory test detects any problems, you may need to replace or repair your computer’s RAM.

Keep in mind that testing your computer’s RAM can take some time and may cause your computer to be unavailable while the test is running. It’s a good idea to save any important work and close any open applications before running a memory test.