The memory installed on your system is very sensitive. A defective RAM can cause serious problems to your system and can affect other parts too. In fact, BSoD is caused due to a failure in RAM in most cases. So, if you are experiencing some strange errors such as automatic restarts, shutdowns, frequent lock-ups and etc, it is better to check your RAM for problems before it is too late. There are only a few programs that can test your PC memory for problems. Out of which, Memtest86 is my personal favorite. Let me tell you why!
- It is free and easy to use.
- It is a standalone program, i.e it works completely out of your windows. So, you can use it on any system irrespective of the OS loaded on it!
- The results are useful for both novice as well as expert users.
- It is regularly updated to keep up with the changing technology in RAM.
- It is small in size which makes it an easy download and compact too.
You can visit their website for more details and download link - http://www.memtest86.com
How to use :-
- Download the Zipped ISO file from the website.
- Extract the ISO file and burn it to a cd or make a bootable usb stick.
- Restart the system and boot it from cd or usb. If it is not detected, change the boot priority to cd drive in BIOS settings.
- Once detected, Memtest86 will start immediately and begin testing your RAM.
- A test bar will indicate the progress of the current test. There are totally 8 different tests.
- When all 8 memory tests have completed without error, the “Pass complete, no errors, press Esc to exit”message will appear.
- Press escape to stop memtest86 and reboot your PC because it doesn’t stop on its own and continues to make another pass of the same tests.
- If you get the “Pass complete, no errors, press Esc to exit” message like this, then your RAM is working fine.
- If you get any errors during the test, then i would advice you to change the RAM as early as possible.
Thats it! Hope your RAM is doing fine If you have any difficulties or suggestions, share it in the comments section below!