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Using the Resource Monitor
engine is performing. If you are driving home and you notice that the
temperature gauge is maxed out and the instrument panel is lashing with all sorts of
warning icons, you know your car is not performing at its best. Monitoring
your system, for example, reveals whether you are running low on memory,
whether your CPU is overloaded, or whether your system has too many
programs running at the same time. These are all useful and important things to
know, and having that information available enables you to change settings to
get optimal performance.
A variety of performance monitoring software is available. Get started by
using the Resource Monitor.
Using the Resource Monitor
Windows has a great diagnostic tool that’s built right in, called the Resource
Monitor. This cool utility can give you stats on just about every aspect of Windows.
Similar to other system-monitoring tools, its purpose is to help you diagnose
problems and improve the performance of your computer.
To start the application, simply open the Start screen, type resmon.exe , and
then press Enter.
After the Resource Monitor loads, you see the Overview tab, which is filled
with the most common system stats, as shown in Figure 12-1.
By default, you are presented with a moving graph of the CPU, Disk, Network,
and Memory usage. On the left are detailed breakout sections that you can
expand to see exactly how much each process is using the CPU, Network, and
Memory, as well as which processes and files are using the disk.
New to Windows 8 are dedicated tabs for CPU, Disk, Memory, and Network.
Each dedicated tab has a wealth of useful information.
Using the Detailed CPU Section
The detailed CPU section shown in Figure 12-2 lists all the processes running
on your machine, similar to the Processes tab of Task Manager.
 
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