Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor and Resource Monitor

Windows has a very useful tool to monitor the programs and services that are utilizing system resources. In Windows Vista, this tool is the Reliability and Performance Monitor, shown here. In Windows 7, the tool has been upgraded and is called Windows Resource Monitor.

Windows Vista Reliability and Performance Monitor, replaced by Resource Monitor in Windows 7

Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor - replaced by Resource Monitor in Windows 7

This tool lists four resources types of system resources – processor, hard drive, network and memory – and allows you to expand the categories to show the programs and services that are currently using each resource. More than that, each program is listed and sortable by related metrics for that category, like average CPU and threads in the CPU category, disk read bytes per minute and response time in the disk category.

It’s really easy to run. Here’s how.

Windows Vista

  1. Press the Windows Key + R on the keyboard (faster) or click Start and then click Run to bring up the run dialog box.
  2. Type perfmon and press enter or click OK

Windows 7

  1. Press the Windows Key + R on the keyboard (faster) or click Start and then click Run to bring up the run dialog box.
  2. Type resmon and press enter or click OK

This tool is very valuable when you’re trying to understand what program is making your computer or your network run slowly. It’s much more detailed than Windows Task Manager, which shows a mere fraction of the information available in Resource Monitor or Reliability and Performance Monitor.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president elect for the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.