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How to diagnose memory problems on Windows 10

RAM (Random Access Memory) is part of computer hardware, which is often the cause of many system problems. If you are facing any Blue screen of death (BSOD) Error, Computer frequently hangs, often reboots during RAM intensive use (in games, 3D applications, video, and graphics editors) All these problems could be symptoms of hardware problems. A defective memory stick could cause all sorts of problems for your computer. Windows 10 includes its own Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to check if your computer has memory problems. Here this post we go through the steps to use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to find out if you have a faulty memory stick.

Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

Running Memory diagnoses would be a good thing to do as the first step of your troubleshooting process. It can help you to detect the memory problem of your PC. The windows memory diagnostic tool runs a comprehensive test and displays the test results so you can take immediate action.

Here follow steps below to diagnose memory problems on Windows 10

  • Search for memory and select the first result Windows Memory Diagnostic
  • Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut, type mdsched.exe, and click OK to launch the tool.

Memory diagnostic tool


  • Now you have to choose between two options: ‘Restart now and check the problems’ or ‘Check for problems the next time I restart my computer.
  • If you choose to restart and check the problems, make sure to save all your work and close all the running programs on your Windows 10 computer, or do so the next time when starting your computer.
  • When you restart Windows, the Memory Diagnostics Tool automatically starts running tests on your PC’s memory.
  • By default, this will start Standard mode and run all the scans available in the Basic mode, in addition to LRAND, Stride6 (cache enabled), CHCKR3, WMATS+, and WINVC tests.
  • You can also press the F1 key at any time to open the Windows Memory Diagnostic page to change the scan options.
  • Here  Basic mode runs the MATS+, INVC, and SCHCKR (cache enabled) tests.
  • The Extended mode, which includes every test available using basic mode, plus MATS+ (cache disabled), Stride38, WSCHCKR, WStride-6, CHCKR4, WCHCKR3, ERAND, Stride6 (cache disabled), and CHCKR8.

Memory Diagnostic Test


  • Be patient as it might take some time to finish running the diagnostic tests.
  • The system will also display the progress bar and the status notification during the process.
  • Once The process is finished, your computer will reboot and return to the Windows desktop. Now When you log on, It will show you the Result.

But sometimes, You may not see the result automatically. In that case, You have to find it manually. The result can be found in the Windows Event Viewer.

Find windows memory diagnostic results

  1. Press Windows + R, type eventvwr.msc, and ok to open Event Viewer.
  2. Expand the Windows Logs
  3. Right-click System, and click on Find.
  4. Type MemoryDiagnostics-Results, and click the Find Next
  5. Close the Find
  6. On Event Viewer, double-click the MemoryDiagnostics-Results source, and see the message. If the result reads “The Windows Memory Diagnostic tested the computer’s memory and detected no errors,” then you can discard memory as the root of the problem.
  7. If the result shows one or more errors, you can try running an extended memory test, and recheck the results. If you continue to see at least one error, one of the RAM modules probably has problems, and it may need to be replaced.
  8. Sometimes, when the test fails, the tool will be able to indicate which module has the problem with the results. However, if it’s unable to provide that information, you may need to remove and test each memory module until you find out the one that is faulty.

Memory Diagnostic test results


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