Troubleshooting what can be changed, hacked, adjusted, and replaced requires detailed analysis. Performance Monitor can provide that information in visual format.
There are many tools available for users who are trying to troubleshoot a poorly performing Windows 10 PC. Whether it’s hacking Power Settings, running the Windows 10 Rating Tool, or replacing a malicious driver, there are usually several ways to squeeze better performance from almost any computer.
However, determining what can actually be changed, hacked, adjusted and replaced requires careful and often detailed analysis. For many users, the basic application they use to solve problems in Microsoft Windows 10 is Performance Monitor, which has been part of the OS since 1993. Although the interface remains familiar, Performance Monitor has been updated for Windows 10 to include more detailed measurements.
This tutorial shows you how to open Windows 10 Performance Monitor and use it to track the performance of various components on your computer.
Track components and improve performance with Performance Monitor
The Performance Monitor is buried deep in the Windows 10 operating system and cannot be accessed through the Control Panel menu. To open the application, type “performance monitor” into the search box on the Windows 10 desktop and then select the correct result. Or, you can use the direct approach and press Windows Key + R to open the run dialog box, type “perfmon” and then press the OK button.
One method will open Performance Monitor to display an overview of your computer’s performance, as shown in Figure A. As you can see, components such as the CPU, network adapter, RAM, and disk drive are being monitored.
The left navigation bar shows a hierarchy of items located under three main headings: Monitoring Tools, Data Collector Collections, and Reports. Click Monitor and then select Performance Monitor. The application will immediately start tracking CPU usage information (Figure B), the default counter setting.
To add counters to the Performance Monitor, click the green plus button to open the Add Counter screen, shown in Figure C.
As you can see, there are many counters to choose from in the list. Double-clicking the counter listed will reveal more detail. Some counters may be for components, services, and applications that you did not know were running in the background of your PC.
Click the counter that you want to add to your monitor screen and then click the Add button >>. Click OK when you are finished.
The Performance Monitor will now start tracking the counters that you selected. As you can see in Figure D, the more counters you choose, the more chaotic the graph will look.
You can check and uncheck counters from the legend below the graph to control which counters are displayed, but the best approach is to limit your choices to only a few related counters at a time.
There is also a highlight button, which allows you to select a specific counter and highlight it in the graph, as shown in Figure E.
Modern Performance Monitor in preview
The basic operation of Performance Monitor has not changed much since it was first introduced in 1993. However, it seems that Microsoft plans to revise and modernize applications for future versions of Windows 10. A preview version of the new Performance Monitor is available as part of the Windows Admin Center.
You can download the new version and try it for yourself. But as a warning, the new preview version of Performance Monitor failed to connect when I used it, so it is definitely still in the preview state. Try it at your own risk.