Can you tell me more about Microsoft System Memory Scan?

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A user is claiming there is an application called System Memory scan under System Tools under Accessories in Windows XP SP2 (they can't upgrade to SP3 for other reasons)

It (not he nor she) states this is the method to access it:

(1) Click Start
(2) Hover Over All Programs.
(3) Hover Over Accessories.
(4) Hover Over System Tools.
(5) Click On System Memory Scan.
Its right under Disk Defragmenter.
It has a short memory test and a full system memory test.
and you can schedule it when you want it to run the next scan.


Normally I'd assume this was added on by a system builder (like Dell or HP), but it also claims the application is from Microsoft. I don't use Windows XP, so I don't know and was just curious as to when this was added.

Also, it claims it cannot use Service Pack 3 due to a driver conflict with an Intel driver, you might want to look into that.
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Thomas

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Posted 11 years ago

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Corey Gouker, Employee

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I believe this is a stand alone download for XP, see here:
http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

It's built into Windows Vista though if go to Start Search (or WIN+R) then type in mdsched and press enter. This will launch the tool.
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The item you linked claims that in order to run it, you must install it to a floppy or CD-ROM:

To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, you must first set up Windows Memory Diagnostic on a 3.5-inch floppy disk or CD-ROM.


This means it is not in the System Tools menu, nor will it schedule a memory scan at boot.
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Corey Gouker, Employee

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Indeed, I'm pretty sure the memory diagnostics that you mention isn't installed by default in XP, I'm pretty sure the main one is the one I linked to. Haven't found anything else yet...
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Corey Gouker, Employee

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Haven't found anything about a memory scanner shipping with XP so I believe my previous post is accurate. The OCA link above for XP and mdsched for Vista.