System Utilities Tweaking Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic

Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic Beta for Windows

by Microsoft Corp.,

Avg. Rating 4.2 (16 votes)

File Details

File Size 0.6 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 8,164
Publisher Microsoft Corp.,
Homepage Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic

Publisher's Description

Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard. It is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.

Latest Reviews

rbailin

rbailin reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

Like memtest86, this is a standalone program that you boot from floppy or CD. Only the program to create the bootable floppy or CD image is a Windows program.

Unlike memtest86, it cannot properly test ECC memory because it doesn't bother to turn off ECC first.

And finally, memtest86 is a ~60KB download;
Microsoft's WMD (!) is ~640KB.

eL MaesTro

eL MaesTro reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

does the job :]

kingthorin

kingthorin reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

Why would someone want to use this program over memtest86? What advantages does it have? Running under windows there is a much larger used portion of RAM that you wouldn't be able to test.

_Shorty

_Shorty reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

who said anything was fishy? Nobody that I see. And my only comment was who knows how reliable this thing actually is, and that at least with memtest86 we get an explanation of its testing methods and know that it's very thorough and reliable. With this thing we get nothing. No theory, and obviously no track record since it's new. MS had no need to write this, we already have an awesome tool to do this job. They simply appear to have an extreme distaste for using anything that they didn't write themselves.

cy_clops

cy_clops reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

The paranoia in here made me HAVE to download this. I cannot believe some of brainwashing people have gone through. I don't like all of MS's practices, but something fishy about this program?? Come on, get real!

I give it a four for lack of documentation. I don't claim to know what these tests are, but here are the tests it ran: MATS+, INVC, LRAND, Stride6, WMATS+, WINVC.

tasty

tasty reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

Ignore the last post, wrong beta.

schristie11

schristie11 reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

hey dandersen, dell does make a "dell diagnostic" disk. You download and run it from a floppy. Just go to www.dell.com and click on Support.
lol
Not only that, if you have not wiped the hard drive that came in your dell computer, then it has a hidden partition that has many diagnostic and reporting tools on it. You can boot to this utility partition easily by pressing the F10 key at bios post.

trncng

trncng reviewed vBeta on Jul 31, 2003

How you guys compare this with memtest86 ??? Which one is better?

dandersen

dandersen reviewed vBeta on Jul 31, 2003

Seems good. Easily makes a boot floppy and CD. It would be nice if companies like Dell did this. I had to find a user created (hacked, pieced together, etc) version to prove to Dell my computer was defective.

Hardly seems fishy to me...if MS can say, "your memory seems bad, download this and run it" and then when it shows defective memory, the problem is no longer theirs. Aside from having a piece of every pie, this would seem to save them money supporting problems they have no business supporting.

mikemayer

mikemayer reviewed vBeta on Jul 31, 2003

Very long and seemingly good sets of tests. Could take a very long time to do if you have slow memory.

Avg. Rating 4.2 (16 votes)
Your Rating
rbailin

rbailin reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

Like memtest86, this is a standalone program that you boot from floppy or CD. Only the program to create the bootable floppy or CD image is a Windows program.

Unlike memtest86, it cannot properly test ECC memory because it doesn't bother to turn off ECC first.

And finally, memtest86 is a ~60KB download;
Microsoft's WMD (!) is ~640KB.

eL MaesTro

eL MaesTro reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

does the job :]

kingthorin

kingthorin reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

Why would someone want to use this program over memtest86? What advantages does it have? Running under windows there is a much larger used portion of RAM that you wouldn't be able to test.

_Shorty

_Shorty reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

who said anything was fishy? Nobody that I see. And my only comment was who knows how reliable this thing actually is, and that at least with memtest86 we get an explanation of its testing methods and know that it's very thorough and reliable. With this thing we get nothing. No theory, and obviously no track record since it's new. MS had no need to write this, we already have an awesome tool to do this job. They simply appear to have an extreme distaste for using anything that they didn't write themselves.

cy_clops

cy_clops reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

The paranoia in here made me HAVE to download this. I cannot believe some of brainwashing people have gone through. I don't like all of MS's practices, but something fishy about this program?? Come on, get real!

I give it a four for lack of documentation. I don't claim to know what these tests are, but here are the tests it ran: MATS+, INVC, LRAND, Stride6, WMATS+, WINVC.

tasty

tasty reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

Ignore the last post, wrong beta.

schristie11

schristie11 reviewed vBeta on Aug 1, 2003

hey dandersen, dell does make a "dell diagnostic" disk. You download and run it from a floppy. Just go to www.dell.com and click on Support.
lol
Not only that, if you have not wiped the hard drive that came in your dell computer, then it has a hidden partition that has many diagnostic and reporting tools on it. You can boot to this utility partition easily by pressing the F10 key at bios post.

trncng

trncng reviewed vBeta on Jul 31, 2003

How you guys compare this with memtest86 ??? Which one is better?

dandersen

dandersen reviewed vBeta on Jul 31, 2003

Seems good. Easily makes a boot floppy and CD. It would be nice if companies like Dell did this. I had to find a user created (hacked, pieced together, etc) version to prove to Dell my computer was defective.

Hardly seems fishy to me...if MS can say, "your memory seems bad, download this and run it" and then when it shows defective memory, the problem is no longer theirs. Aside from having a piece of every pie, this would seem to save them money supporting problems they have no business supporting.

mikemayer

mikemayer reviewed vBeta on Jul 31, 2003

Very long and seemingly good sets of tests. Could take a very long time to do if you have slow memory.

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