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Monitoring and Performance in Windows 7

Chapter Summary

  • Windows 7 tools such as Performance Monitor, Reliability Monitor, the Action Center, and the Windows Reliability Index let you gauge whether your computer is performing as it should, whether it needs more resources to do what you want it to do, and where performance bottlenecks are occurring.

  • Tools such as Task Manager give you a snapshot of how your computer is currently performing, whereas event logs can store historical events in addition to warning you when problems occur, and DCSs can hold both current and historical counter values so you can compare a computer’s performance with how it was performing at a specified past time.

  • Tools specific to measuring and troubleshooting computer performance include WMI scripts, the System Configuration tool, the Services console, the Performance Options tool, and the Windows Performance Analysis tools.