| By Fred Langa |
Free tools from Microsoft, other software publishers, and RAM vendors all can work together to solve your PC’s memory troubles.
In Windows 7 and Vista, an easy-to-use Memory Diagnostic Tool is built right into the operating system; XP users have other choices.
New RAM and new OS — and new trouble
Reader Robert started having blue-screen reboots after he upgraded his XP PC:
- “There are not many things that beat me these days, but I do have an annoying problem. After testing Win7 on a very old computer, I thought it would be a piece of cake to install it on a much newer Acer Aspire E650 that was running XP.
“So I installed Win7 and brought it up to 2GB of RAM.
“Now it will go for a day or two, and then it Blue-Screens and reboots. I clean the Registry and use a file cleaner, and away it goes again. All the drivers seem to be fine. What would you do here?”
Possibly you have a subtle compatibility issue with your new Windows 7 setup. Most XP systems can run Windows 7 fine, and you did in fact get it up and running. But it still would be worth your while to back-check for trouble with Microsoft’s Win7 Upgrade Advisor (info/download).