How does the Performance Monitor work in Windows 10


There are times your system does not respond the way you want it, sometimes processes get frozen. When you experience this, it means your system has performance issues that can be caused by different reasons. Some of the reasons could be a result of a failing application or hardware or drivers that were not installed properly.  Sometimes the system could be trying to handle an excessive task that is more than available resources. Sometimes your system could be infected with malware which will affect the efficiency of your system. Inside windows 10 are different ways or tools you can use to resolve this type of issue like the Performance section in the Task Manager which can also display your Disk, CPU, and Memory performance. But Performance Monitor is a complete tool that can help you to view and analyze application and hardware data in order to be able to fix any performance issues in the system.

This tool can do more than just analyzing of performance data, you can use it to customize the kind of data to collect from the log files, use it to define alerts and you can generate reports with this tool.

In this guide, I will be showing you how to use the Performance Monitor in Windows 10 to analyze and improve your system performance. If you want to read more on monitoring systems you can check these: How to track your device performance and health via Windows Security in Windows 10, How to monitor your website uptime and status using Uptime, How to configure Azure Monitor for VMs on Azure Stack Hub

How to open Performance Monitor

You can open this tool in three ways:

  • In the search box enter Performance Monitor and click on it.
  • Open Run and type perfmon, and click OK to open.
  • In the search box enter Computer Management and click on Performance.
Overview of Performance Monitor

On the left Pane, under Performance, you will find Monitoring Tools, Data Collector Sets, and Reports. you’ll find the navigation pane with access to Performance Monitor, Data Collector Sets, and Reports.

When you click on the Performance Monitor menu, you will see a pane showing a counter for the processor time. The pane shows the processor load in the last 100 sec. But aside from this, you can also add other counters that can help you to monitor anything on your system.

Performance Monitor

Let me show you how to add new counters

Do the following to add new counters:

  • Click the green + button above the Performance Monitor graph.
  • You can select your Local computer from the drop-down (Select counters from computer) or select the name of your system from the list.
  • You can select from the list what you want to monitor and in this guide we will select Hyper-V Hypervisor.
Adding Counters

You can select the counters you want to use the tool to monitor. If it is a counter that has instances you will be able to monitor one or multiple instances same time.

  • After your selection, you can click the Add button.
Add counters

Click OK to add any new counters and you can view the performance.

Another thing that you may want to do after configuring all counters you want to monitor is customizing all necessary details of the data shown in the graph.

Follow the steps below to customize the Performance Monitor.

  • Open the Performance Monitor Properties window by Double-clicking on any of the counters.
  • Then select the counter that needs customizing in the Data tab section and you can pick the color, scale, width, and the style you want to use for the customization.
  • Click Apply and OK.
Performance Monitor Properties

Then under the Performance Monitor Properties, you still have other tabs like General, Source, Graph, and Appearance which you might want to customize as well.

I hope you found this blog post on How does the Performance Monitor work in Windows 10 interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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