How to Diagnose Memory Problems on Your Computer

Are you experiencing the following?

• Poor personal computer performance
• Frequent slow response on using programs
• Frequent not responding programs
• Suddenly freezes
• Suddenly reboots

Your computer might not have the enough memory it needs to perform programs efficiently. There are two types of memory that a computer utilizes, one is called the virtual memory; this memory is a back up memory used whenever the main memory used by the computer to run the programs are not enough.

Virtual memory is a temporary reservoir of files placed into the hard drive as paging file, whenever the main memory is not enough; this is utilized by the computer to provide the needed memory to run the programs. The main memory used by a computer is called the Random Access Memory or referred to as RAM; the RAM is used by all programs installed in your computer for them to run accordingly, this is the memory that defines the speed of your computer.

Low memory problems can be a pain for a computer user; it can limit your capabilities to certain points because your computer is running slow or even hang up. That is why it is important to keep monitoring your memory and detect if there are any computer memory problems. In times that there are memory problems, Memory Diagnostics Tool will prompt to you.

Memory Diagnostics Tool

Memory Diagnostics Tool is a device built in windows specifically made to address memory problems of the computer. This is composed of many sets of memory tests to diagnose any problems in your computer.

Running the Memory Diagnostics Tool

A prompt will come out when there is suspected problem in your memory as shown in the photo below.

Upon the pop-up, the diagnostics tool will give you two options to choose from; Restart now and check for problems (recommended), or Check for problems the next time I start my computer. If you choose to restart, make sure that all your works are saved and all the running programs are closed properly, upon restart, the Memory Diagnostics Tool will operate automatically. After finishing all tests, windows will restart. Upon start up, you will be informed of the information gathered after running the memory tests, if problems are found; it is highly recommended that you deal with these problems right away.

More Options for Running the Memory Diagnostic Tools

It is recommended that you let the Memory Diagnostics tool operate manually, but however in circumstances of advanced users who want to adjust the settings, here is how:

1. On the start of the Memory Diagnostic Tool, press F1

2. Adjust the settings:

• Test Mix – you can choose the kind of test you want to run: the Basic, Standard, or Extended.
• Cache – For each test, you can choose the setting for the cache: Default, On or Off
• Pass Count – The tests can be repeated by typing the number of times you want it repeated.

3. Press F10 for the test to start.

In circumstances where Memory Diagnostics Tool is not prompted to you and you suspect a memory problem, you can run the Memory Diagnostics Tool Manually:
1. Click the Start Button , click on the Control Panel. On the upper right you will find a search box, encode “Memory”, and then click “Diagnose your computer’s memory problems”.

2. Choose when you want the Memory Diagnostics Tool to run.

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