How Performance Monitor works in Windows 10

Performance Monitoring

In situations where your system does not respond as desired, and processes become unresponsive, you may encounter performance issues. These issues can arise due to various factors, such as failing applications, improperly installed hardware or incorrect drivers. 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, and How to work with Windows Performance Toolkit.

How Does Performance Monitor Work?

In some instances, your system might find itself grappling with tasks that surpass the resources at its disposal. Another scenario could involve your system’s efficiency being compromised due to malware infection. Within the Windows 10 environment, various methods exist to address these issues and ensure optimal performance. See also, how to work with Windows Performance Toolkit.

Learn how Performance Monitor works to effectively resolve issues similar to this. While the Performance section in Task Manager provides insights into Disk, CPU, and Memory performance, Performance Monitor offers a comprehensive solution. It empowers you to analyze both application and hardware data, facilitating the identification and resolution of performance-related system issues.

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.

You may be interested in these: How to monitor your website uptime and status using Uptime, and How to configure Azure Monitor for VMs on Azure Stack Hub.

How to open Performance Monitor

You can open this tool in three ways: Please see Linux Shell Script: Count Lines and Words in a File, Cannot open Bluetooth preference pane because it is not available

  • 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.
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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.

System Performance
Performance Monitor

Let me show you how to add new counters

Do the following to add new counters: Please see Performance and Diagnostics in Microsoft Cloud with Azure Monitor.

  • 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.
Resource Usage
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.
Performance Monitoring
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.

Below is a YouTube video on “Windows Performance toolkit (Windows Performance Recorder and Windows Performance Analyzer”).

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