You can use Task Manager or System Monitor to measure system performance in real time. You can access the Task Manager in any of the following ways:
- Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on the keyboard.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on the keyboard and select Task Manager.
Task Manager displays five tabs, Applications, Processes, Performance, Networking and Users, as can be seen by clicking the following link:
- The Applications tab shows the application programs that are currently running in the foreground. Background services are not shown.
- The Processes tab displays the processes currently running on the computer. To view all processes from all users logged onto the computer, mark the Show Processes from All Users check box.
- The Performance tab shows current usage of the CPUs, the CPU Usage History charts, current Page File usage, Page File Usage History chart and current memory usage statistics.
- The Networking tab charts the current network adapters' network traffic utilization.
- The Users tab lists the users who are currently logged onto the console or logged on via Remote Desktop connections.
Task Manager provides a quick way of checking the following items:
- Applications currently in use
- Processes currently running
- Current processor usage
- Current paging file usage
- Overall current memory usage
- Current network utilization
- Currently logged-on users
For other statistics on a system, or for more detailed enquiries, use the System Monitor and the Performance Logs and Alerts tools.