Check your system health with the Reliability and Performance Monitor

One of the good things about Windows Vista is the fact that, compared to Windows XP, it incorporates a set of really good troubleshooting tools. You no longer have to buy third party tools or go to a specialist to learn what is wrong with your system.
Now everybody can easily check the health status of their systems. All you have to do is to use the Reliability and Performance Monitor included in Windows Vista.

To generate a quick system health report, you need to follow these simple steps:

In the Start Menu search box, type the word performance. From the list of returned results, click on Performance Information and Tools.

Performance Information and Tools

The Performance Information and Tools window will be opened. On the left side of the window there is a list of links. From it, select Advanced tools.

Advanced Tools

A list of available tools will be opened. Go to the bottom of the list and click on Generate a system health report.

Reliability and Performance Monitor

The Reliability and Performance Monitor will start and automatically scan your system. After a while a report will be generated.

Reliability and Performance Monitor

By default, the report will show first the errors found on your system. All the errors will have an appropriate description: symptom, cause, details, resolution and links to related information that might be helpful to the user.

Reliability and Performance Monitor

The report has plenty of sections and sub-sections such as: diagnostic results (warnings, performance), software configuration, hardware configuration, CPU information and so on.

To read the information that interests you, expand the appropriate category and sub-category. You will learn all there is to know about the health of your system.

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Nitish Feedback

Nice information.



I want to create a health report on my system but everytime i try to, the program runs but then just after the 60 seconds of data has been collected i receive a time out error and the report is aborted, any ideas how to fix this?

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