Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using Performance Monitor to Get More System Stats
Similar to other system monitoring tools, the Performance Monitor is provided
to help you detect problems and improve your system performance.
Open the Start screen, type in perfmon.msc , and hit Enter. When the
Performance Monitor loads, select Performance Monitor under Monitoring
Tools. You should now see a graph of the processor utilization percentage.
This is a rather useless chart because you already have this information in the
Resource Monitor or Task Manager. The real power of the Performance Monitor
is in the performance counters.
TIP Performance Monitor gets the data for the counter from the system registry
by default. A special lag for perfmon.msc enables you to change the data source
to get the data directly from the Windows Management Interface instead. This is
useful if you are getting some strange results and would like to get a second
opinion on what is really going on. Simply open the Start screen, type perfmon.msc
/sysmon_wmi , and hit Enter.
To add more performance counters, click the icon with the + symbol on it or
press Ctrl+I, and the Add Counters window appears, as shown in Figure 12-6.
Figure 12-6: You can add a performance counter.
When the Add Counters window appears, the counters are organized in
different component categories. Navigate through the list box and click the down