Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Benchmarking Your System
3. When the New Shortcut Wizard loads, type taskmgr.exe in the text box
asking for the location of the file, and then click Next.
4. Type a name for the shortcut and click Finish.
5. The startup folder displays again with a new icon for Task Manager.
To start Task Manager minimized, right-click the new icon and select
Properties.
6. Change the Run type where it says Normal Window to Minimized, and
then click OK.
7. The shortcut is set up. However, there is one last change to make, and you
need to open up Task Manager to make it. After Windows Task Manager
is open, click the Options menu bar item and select Hide When Minimized
so that when the program starts, only the CPU histogram is displayed;
the program doesn’t appear on the taskbar.
Your system is now configured to start the CPU meter on every boot in the
system tray. Should you change your mind at a later time and no longer want
the Task Manager CPU meter to show up, simply delete the shortcut from the
startup folder.
You may need to drag the Task Manager chart icon out of the system tray
overflow area onto the main system tray area near the clock to be able to view it.
Benchmarking Your System
The term benchmarking refers to testing your computer and assigning some sort
of score to your computer’s performance. The score can be an amount of time,
such as the amount of time it takes your computer to solve a complex math
problem. The score can also be a calculated point value that is determined by
running a variety of tests, such as hard drive transfer speeds. The test can read
and write files to your hard drive and then calculate a weighted score depending
on how each test goes. The amount of time or calculated point value has very
little value on its own; it is when the time or point value is compared to other
results of the same test that it becomes valuable.
It is important to get an initial benchmark score for your computer so that
you can compare your computer’s initial performance to benchmark scores from
tests that you may run later. It is nice to know how much of a difference some of
the tweaks in this topic actually made in your system. Or, if you upgraded the
amount of RAM it would be helpful to see how it affected your system
performance. Running an initial benchmark gives you a score that you can compare
all your benchmark scores to after you make changes to your computer.
To benchmark your system, you need the help of a benchmarking application.
A wide variety of different software programs can benchmark just about every
part of your system. If you are interested in benchmarking the abilities of your
 
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