Download of the Week: Spotlight on Windows

By on May 28, 2010, 6:13 PM
Spotlight on Windows is a free, easy to install tool that provides immediate visual feedback on pretty much everything going on with your system's internals, from CPU and memory usage to the actual traffic between these components. You can see the CPU accessing the memory, for example, and view the memory grabbing data from the disk and page files. Data monitored includes processor queue length, LAN usage, disk I/O, running processes, virtual memory and more.

Each measured resource comes with a helpful explanation that's just one click away, in case you're feeling a little overwhelmed, and can be viewed in a separate screen with more detailed charts. Using the Event Log function you can setup alarms to warn you whenever anything reaches critical levels. The real-time flow of data allows system managers to quickly identify any performance problems and eliminate bottlenecks in the Windows environment.

You can download the installer from our downloads section. To start using it simply setup a new connection by going to File -> Connect and choose a calibration period (by default it is set to 1 hour). Ideally you want to let Spotlight gather data from the machine over a longer period so it can get a representative snapshot of its daily load. Once you've done that you'll have a feature rich monitoring program at the low price of $0.

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Reloader2 said:

That actually looks pretty awesome. Can't wait to try it out

BMfan BMfan said:

My copy is busy calibrating at the moment should be done in 5hrs.

Looks interesting so far.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Yes very interesting software, I am testing it out and see how it goes..

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I cant even get it to work

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supersmashbrada said:

I cant even get it to work

Ignore my ignorance or rather my ability to read over simple directions. I have it now, looks like a nice program. We'll see in 4 hours.

Reloader2 said:

Don't get the program. What is that hour thing?

tengeta tengeta said:

It just "calibrates" or more logically examines the general state of your system so it can give more accurate info.

It looks pretty useful, I'm already using it myself.

grvalderrama said:

If it's recommended by Techspot, then it must be pretty good and accurate. Downloading now.

Guest said:

A little large for what it does, but OK worth a try.

Guest said:

Piece of junk...install errors on Win 7 explanation

Tgard said:

Aye I also have problems installing it under Windows 7 64bit. Doesn't give me any clue what the problem is though. Tried giving the installation admin rights etc. - no joy.


LightHeart said:

On Windows 7 you may want to use the built in Resource Monitor which is based on some Sysinternals tools. It provides good information for troubleshooting CPU, Memory, Disk and Network issues.

Punkid said:

looks very very useful but i already use the sidebar for the purpose

Guest said:

Installed fine on Win7 64 Ultimate.. works good

Guest said:

How does this work? Is an agent installed on the Windows device you wish to monitor? Using netstat, I can see a few ports open, but nothing really running under the processes.

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