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Microsoft Windows Performance Monitor

The Microsoft Windows Performance Monitor is a tool that administrators can use to examine how programs running on their computers affect the computer's performance. The tool can be used in real time and also be used to collect information in a log to analyze the data at a later time.

According to Microsoft, Windows Performance Monitor uses configuration information, performance counters and event trace data to make a full examination of a computer's performance. All of the information can be combined into Data Collector Sets. Event trace data is collected with trace provider components in individual applications or operating system components. Admins can combine multiple trace providers into something called a trace session. Performance counters take system activity and system state measurements in individual applications or the whole operating system. Microsoft says current values in performance counters can be requested by Windows Performance Monitor in specific intervals of time. Configuration data for Windows Performance Monitor comes from Windows registry key values. 

The tool can record values in intervals or at specific times in log files. The Windows Performance Monitor is available in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012.  

See also: performance testing

Contributor(s): Toni Boger
This was last updated in November 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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