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Using the Reliability Monitor
the page file should be. As a rule, if the page file % Usage is more than
95 percent or if the Usage Peak is near 100 percent, consider increasing
the size of the page file if you have set the size manually.
Memory: Available MBytes and Paging File, % Usage —These two
performance counters help you decide whether you should put more RAM
in your computer. If the number of your available megabytes is low and
your paging file usage percentage is very high, you should consider
purchasing more RAM for your computer.
Processor: % Processor Time —This performance counter monitors the
activity and work your processor is doing. If your CPU is consistently
working at or more than 50 percent, and you are not running any
computation-intensive applications in the background, you should consider
upgrading your CPU. The CPU is having a hard time keeping up with all
your programs. You can also try closing open applications that are running
in the background to make your computer more responsive and faster.
Saving Your Performance Counter Setup
After you have spent some time adding all the performance counters that you
would like to use, it is possible to save this configuration so that every time
you start and use the Performance Monitor, your performance counters are
automatically loaded.
To save the performance counters you selected, do the following:
1. Right-click the graph and select Save Settings As.
2. Type a filename, specify a location, and click Save.
When you want to use your performance counters again, just navigate to the
location where you saved the file and double-click it. If you changed your default
web browser, make sure that it loads in Internet Explorer. The Performance
Monitor tool will load as a web page in Internet Explorer. Just click the green
play button to begin monitoring.
Using the Reliability Monitor
As with the Performance Monitor, the Reliability Monitor is a system monitoring
tool that is designed to help you diagnose problems and improve the performance
of your computer. To start the Reliability Monitor, open the Start screen, type
view reliability , change the search filter to Settings, and run View Reliability
History. The Reliability Monitor is especially geared to helping you solve various
types of system failures that can lead to poor performance in all areas. It works
by tracking all the software installs, uninstalls, application failures, hardware
failures, Windows failures, and general miscellaneous failures to compile a
System Stability Chart and System Stability Report, as shown in Figure 12-10.
 
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