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What are tips for running a computer check?

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Checking hardware temperatures, using the Memory Diagnostics Tool and running stress tests are parts of a computer check. While the Memory Diagnostics Tool comes preinstalled with Windows, third-party applications are necessary to check temperatures and run stress tests.

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What are tips for running a computer check?
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MSI's Afterburner hardware diagnostics application checks hardware temperatures. Despite the name, the application is also compatible with components from other brands. The application monitors temperatures in real-time and draws graphs to display temperature patterns. It can also show resource usage to demonstrate how temperatures react to varying work loads. Use Afterburner to see if your hardware reaches dangerous temperatures.

Use the Memory Diagnostics Tool to detect problems with your RAM. To run the tool, click the Start button, open the Control Panel, and type "Memory" into the search box. Click Diagnose Your Computer's Memory Problems, enter the password for the administrator account, and choose when to run the tool. You must restart your system to use the application. After restarting, run an extended test to see if your memory is in good condition.

Running a stress test to force your computer to run at full capacity helps you determine if your system remains stable under heavy work load. Once you install HeavyLoad, click the blue Play button on the top left to make your CPU work at 100 percent capacity. Use a benchmark by Unigine to put your GPU under similar conditions. Using MSI Afterburner while the stress tests are running demonstrates how stable your system is.

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