Performance monitor -does anyone REALLY know how to use it

By DCO57
Nov 25, 2005
  1. Fellow Geeks,
    I've been a PC tech for years now, and when optimizing a PC I usually just do the basics (defrag, Scandisc, hardware diagnostics, AV scan, etc). But I've been wanting to expand on my deep knowledge of PC configurations by using advanced settings and learning indepth diagnostics.
    One feature that Windows has is the Performance Monitor (Control panel/Admin Tools/Performance). Theres about a thousand items that can be monitored (CPU/interupts per sec;DPC rate....Memory/page reads per sec;transition bits per sec, ...etc).
    Does anyone know of a book or link that teaches these indepth diagnostics for the MS Performance Monitor?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I can`t say I`ve ever used it myself, but checkout the links below.

    Look HERE for an overview of performance monitor.

    Look HERE for the performance monitor wizard download.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. gary_hendricks

    gary_hendricks TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Thanks Howard for that post.
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77

    Learn mini-dumps

    If you follow these threads much, you'll soon realise the best methods of deep problem solving involve checking mini-dumps. Not long ago a thread was published describing how to get the necessary analysis tools. Search this site for mini-dump analysis or similar.

    Howard is a guru on this topic, so are one or two others.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    google for 'performance tuning'

    This is a B I G subject and very specific for each platform (ie: OS).
    However, many concepts carry over.

    For example, Paging: Some is normal, page stealling is ok, but page-out count
    says there's too much running for the memory available in the host.

    You can learn a great deal by studying system performance metrics.
  6. DCO57

    DCO57 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great Info

    Thanks everyone,
    I'd love to see more talk about in depth diagnostics and benchmarking.I firmly believe that if you know how to interpret very specific specs, it can go a long way to troubleshooting or optimizing systems.
    I'll look into "mini dumps" also. I've printed out the Performance Monitor tutorial, but I'll continue to look for a book on thr subject. I'll post my findings.
    In the meantime, if anyone else can add more info regarding how to use Performance Monitor specs, it would be greatly appreciated.
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