Logo
programming4us
programming4us
programming4us
programming4us
Home
programming4us
XP
programming4us
Windows Vista
programming4us
Windows 7
programming4us
Windows Azure
programming4us
Windows Server
programming4us
Windows Phone
 
programming4us
Windows 7

Personalizing and Configuring Windows 7 : Performance Tweaks (part 3) - Monitoring Performance and Reliability

- How To Install Windows Server 2012 On VirtualBox
- How To Bypass Torrent Connection Blocking By Your ISP
- How To Install Actual Facebook App On Kindle Fire
12/22/2014 8:45:47 PM

5. Monitoring Performance and Reliability

Windows has had a Performance Monitor since the earliest days of NT, but with Windows Vista, Microsoft debuted an amazing new utility, the Reliability Monitor, which tracks the overall reliability of your PC over time, ever since the first day you booted. Both utilities used to be part of a combined Reliability and Performance Monitor tool, but now, in Windows 7, they exist as separate tools. You can access the Reliability Monitor, shown in Figure 5, by typing relia into Start Menu Search.

Figure 5. Another hidden wonder: the Reliability Monitor.

The Reliability Monitor assigns a reliability rating to your PC on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is horrible and 10 is perfect. Out of the box, Windows 7 gets a perfect 10 but from there on its all downhill: any glitch or failure in any application, hardware, or Windows will cause the reliability rating to plummet. Meanwhile, days with no problems are barely rewarded, with only a slight bump. If anything, we think Windows is being too hard on itself.

Consider Figure 6. Here you see a decidedly different reliability picture, a PC on which multiple applications have failed, repeatedly, over a period of time. While you can't see it in this window, the reliability rating of this machine is sad.

Figure 6. Ouch. Windows 7 is painfully honest about unreliable systems.

What went wrong with this disaster of a PC? We must be miserable using that machine, right? Not exactly. The Reliability Monitor shown in Figure 6 is from a daily-use desktop PC. This machine is used to test a wide range of software, and many of the application failures are related to beta versions of a single application that was known to have issues at the time. You can see individual problems by clicking on dates and viewing what went wrong, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7. Dive in and you can see where Windows—or, more likely, a third-party application—let you down.

That's what's beautiful about the Reliability Monitor. It gives you a place to see exactly what is causing the problems. Then you can take steps to fix those problems. (In this case, that simply meant waiting for an updated version of the poorly performing application.)

This illustrates why we think the Reliability Monitor is a bit harsh. Over the period shown, this PC was actually quite reliable.

Other -----------------
- Personalizing and Configuring Windows 7 : The Windows 7 User Interface (part 3) - Branding Windows 7 like a PC Maker
- Personalizing and Configuring Windows 7 : The Windows 7 User Interface (part 2) - Configuring Folder Options
- Personalizing and Configuring Windows 7 : The Windows 7 User Interface (part 1) - Customizing the Start Menu
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings - Orienting shape text
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings - Orienting shapes on the page
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings - Creating and formatting text boxes
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings - Adding text to shapes
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Collaborating on Visio diagrams (part 2) - Coauthoring
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Collaborating on Visio diagrams (part 1) - Commenting
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Collaborating on and Publishing Diagrams - Refreshing diagrams published to Visio Services
 
 
Top 10
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Finding containers and lists in Visio (part 2) - Wireframes,Legends
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Finding containers and lists in Visio (part 1) - Swimlanes
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Formatting and sizing lists
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Adding shapes to lists
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Sizing containers
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Control Properties and Why to Use Them (part 3) - The Other Properties of a Control
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Control Properties and Why to Use Them (part 2) - The Data Properties of a Control
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Control Properties and Why to Use Them (part 1) - The Format Properties of a Control
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Form Properties and Why Should You Use Them - Working with the Properties Window
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Using the Organization Chart Wizard with new data
- First look: Apple Watch

- 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 1)

- 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 2)
programming4us programming4us
Popular tags
Microsoft Access Microsoft Excel Microsoft OneNote Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Project Microsoft Visio Microsoft Word Active Directory Biztalk Exchange Server Microsoft LynC Server Microsoft Dynamic Sharepoint Sql Server Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2012 Windows 7 Windows 8 windows Phone 7 windows Phone 8
programming4us programming4us
 
programming4us
Natural Miscarriage
programming4us
Windows Vista
programming4us
Windows 7
programming4us
Windows Azure
programming4us
Windows Server
programming4us
Game Trailer