Posted 15 July 2007 - 06:54 AM
For sluggish computers the Task Manager is your most valuable tool (after that comes the free Process Explorer available here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx
) These tools can tell you a lot about what's happening inside of your system.
The Processes tab can tell you the programs that are running on your system - and if you enable the IO Reads column you can even see if something is accessing your hard drive excessively. The CPU column will tell you how your CPU is being used, and the Memory column will tell you what's going on in the RAM/pagefile.
Switching to the Performance tab, you'll get nice snapshots of what's going on inside the system - both with the graphs and with the numbers below the graphs.
Here's a nice overview of what Task Manager is capable of: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...w.mspx?mfr=true
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