How to Test for Memory Leaks


If you suspect a memory leak on your computer, you should run some tests. Many memory test software utilities are available for purchase. However, the Microsoft Vista operating system includes, by default, a tool to test the computer's memory. Using the memory testing tool will require you to reboot your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Microsoft Vista operating system
  • Click the Windows "Start" button.

  • In the Search input box at the bottom of the Programs menu, type "memory." The Memory Diagnostics Tool will be listed as an option in the search results.

  • Select the Memory Diagnostics Tool to run, and a dialog box will appear. This box will ask whether to reboot and run the memory diagnostic now, or to schedule a diagnostic checkup the next time you start the computer.

  • Select the first option, "Reboot Now and Check for Problems (Recommended)." The operating system will reboot and automatically start the memory diagnostic tool. A blue screen with a progress note will appear while the diagnostic tool is running. When the tool has finished, the results of the memory tests will appear on the screen.

  • Type the Enter key to exit the memory diagnostic tool and reboot the operating system into normal mode.

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