Useful System Tools Hidden in Windows part 1

Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

If Windows detects possible problems with your computer’s memory, it will prompt you to run the Memory Diagnostics Tool. When you receive a notification about a possible memory problem, click the notification to choose between two options for when to run the Memory Diagnostics Tool.

Picture of the Memory Diagnostics Tool dialog box
The Memory Diagnostics Tool gives you two options

If you choose to restart your computer and run the tool immediately, make sure that you save your work and close all of your running programs. The Memory Diagnostics Tool will run automatically when you restart Windows. It might take several minutes for the tool to finish checking your computer’s memory. Once the test is completed, Windows will restart automatically. If the tool detects errors, you should contact your computer manufacturer for information about fixing them, since memory errors usually indicate a problem with the memory chips in your computer or other hardware problem.

To run the Memory Diagnostics Tool manually you can flow these steps

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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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.

In next tutorial i will write about another hidden tool in windows Resource Monitor 

picture credit goes to seven forums and micros soft

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