A reader wants to know about the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool:

“I encountered ‘Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool’. Do you recommend using this – or not?”

Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool is a built-in app in Windows. It’s absolutely safe to use as it’s part of the operating system.

One clarification, when we talk about memory on a computer, we mean the RAM and not the amount of space on your hard drive. These are two different things.

Some symptoms of memory issues on a PC include:

  • Unexpected restarts
  • Corrupt files
  • Your PC starts up okay but slows down as you use it
  • The dreaded blue screen of death

To use the Memory Diagnostic Tool, just search for it in the search box and click on the result.

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You’ll be given the option of restarting immediately to check for problems or checking the next time you boot up your computer.

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Here’s the screen you’ll see while it’s checking the memory.

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The results should  pop up when you log into Windows.