Memtest86

Memtest86

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 16 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    243,847
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    5.53MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    277
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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This freeware accurately checks the memory of x86 computers, but Memtest86's floppy-boot-disk installation lessens its mass appeal.

This utility won't install to your hard drive; it can only install on a bootable floppy disk. There is no interface, as it immediately checks your computer's memory. Memtest86 is quick and accurate. However, system administrators looking for a memory tester will probably pass on Memtest86, as many current machines don't include floppy drives.

Home users with older PCs will appreciate the simplicity of Memtest86. It can't get any easier than inserting a disk and rebooting your PC. We can easily recommend this freeware for home users who have floppy drives and a need to check their computer's memory.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 16

5 stars

"The industry standard memory test"

February 24, 2015  |  By Mukunda_Yuyutsu

 |  Version: Memtest86 6.0

Pros

Does a deep test on your RAM sticks. Version 6.0 supports the newer memory technologies. Such as DDR4, 64bit and the UEFI graphical BIOS's found on new PCs. You can now also get a test report written out to your USB drive at the end of testing. Software is free.

Cons

This isn't software that runs in Windows like some of the old reviewers seemed to think. It boots from a USB drive (or a CD) that you need to prepare following the instructions in the download.
It can also be slow to run, it can take an hour or more. I run it overnight.
Support for traditional BIOS and floppy disk has been dropped in the latest release. but does anyone use a floppy disk anymore?

Summary

Free, effective RAM test for your PC.

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3 stars

"Only works on 32 bit systems"

January 25, 2015  |  By Sadsaytr

 |  Version: Memtest86 4.3.1

Pros

I was unable to use as my system as it is 64 bit. I do remember using this test on my Win XP, 32 bit and it was very very good.

Cons

Only 64 bit systems

Summary

Good for testing 32 bit systems, which now-a-days is getting to be rare.

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1 stars

"Didnt Work"

June 19, 2014  |  By only126db

 |  Version: Memtest86 4.3.1

Pros

None, its junks, broken......poop

Cons

Downloaded a .rar file, so I extracted it, which was another .rar file, so I extracted it, which was a folder with a bunch of crap which had no .exe file or anything.

Summary

Serious waste of time....I would not expect this from CNET.....Very disappointed

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1 stars

"This is trash, don't waste your time."

February 03, 2014  |  By rorschach72

 |  Version: Memtest86 4.3.1

Pros

Nothing positive about this garbage.

Cons

This trash doesn't work, it will not run. It's completely useless.

Summary

This is garbage, don't bother wasting your time and effort with crap that doesn't work.

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4 stars

"Great test for RAM"

April 29, 2010  |  By pshearer82

 |  Version: Memtest86 3.4a

Pros

easy to use, automatic

Cons

There are no cons for me.

Summary

This was perfect for what I needed. I had an issue and this detected the faulty stick, it was easy to use and it found the faulty stick in multiple cases. Issue resolved.

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4 stars

"Works as advertised"

March 24, 2010  |  By cmdrpookie

 |  Version: Memtest86 3.4a

Pros

Seems to reliably detect even tricky-to-detect RAM problems that might be causing random computer flakiness.

Cons

Must be run from a CD or floppy. Not sure how to avoid this, though, since the OS can't be loaded before doing a complete RAM test. Possible to run it from a USB key maybe?

Summary

It works.

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5 stars

"Great tool"

February 13, 2010  |  By bssheriff

 |  Version: Memtest86 3.4a

Pros

Works as advertised. Catches errors that some other tools miss. Runs great as a boot CD. It does not take a rocket scientist to convert this download to a boot CD. Use something like CDBurnerXP to write the included .bin file to a bootable CD.

Cons

None that I can see..

Summary

Great tool. No credible technician would want to leave home without it.

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3 stars

"Good program"

January 13, 2010  |  By tim321

 |  Version: Memtest86 3.4a

Pros

Started and ran real well after getting the program on the floppy.

Cons

A more obvious how-to section would help.

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5 stars

"Get the latest release, just go to memtest.org"

December 26, 2009  |  By faheyd

 |  Version: Memtest86 3.4a

Pros

Works EVERYTIME on any system I've used in 10 years.

Cons

You must be smarter then the box in front of you.
Of course you can't burn a ISO on a Cd if the system you are burning on, HAS BAD MEMORY. You must burn the disc on another 'clean' system.

Summary

Always check the memtest.org site for the latest release so that your 'new' motherboard chipset is properly supported.

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3 stars

"No Frills DOS Software"

December 06, 2009  |  By AndyRocker

 |  Version: Memtest86 3.4a

Pros

Does what it supposed to do

Cons

More Info needed as to what kind of errors it can throw out

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0
Version 6.0:
  • UEFI BIOS support, including secure boot.
  • DDR4 support, including XMP
  • Row hammer testing
  • 64bit native code
  • Foreign language support, French German, Japanese, Chinese
  • ECC RAM support for server class CPUs
  • Writing of test reports to the USB drive
General
Publisher PassMark Software
Publisher web site http://www.passmark.com
Release Date February 15, 2015
Date Added February 23, 2015
Version 6.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows 98, Windows 8, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements USB flash drive
Download Information
File Size 5.53MB
File Name memtest86-usb.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 243,847
Downloads Last Week 277
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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