Windows System Monitoring Tools

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Use these programs to keep your machine in good state.

Monitoring your system can be one of the best things you do for preventative maintenance of your machine. A user who misuses, abuses or simply does not take proper care of her machine will see that it might not last as long as she wants it to. By utilizing some of these system monitoring tools, you can help keep your machine healthy.

  1. CPU-Z

    • CPU-Z is a free system monitor program that identifies the central processing unit, RAM, motherboard chipset, and other hardware features of the computer and displays this for you. This program is more detailed than innate Windows tools. There is a Graphics tab in the program which detects hardware features such as access and read. If you wish to overclock your system, CPU-Z has the ability to document clock speed.


    • SpeedFan is a program that monitors things which CPU-Z doesn't handle such as voltages, fan speeds and temperatures. SpeedFan can also show hard disk temperatures and access S.M.A.R.T. information. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too and can even change the FSB on some hardware. It has the ability to access digital temperature sensors and can modify fan speeds accordingly which reduces noise. It is compatible with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows 64 bit.

    Process Monitor

    • Process Monitor offers services which the other two do not. This is an advanced monitoring tool which displays real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two other utilities---Filemon and Regmon---and also adds another list of enhancements to give the user an even better monitoring program. Some of the enhancements include: rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such as session IDs and user names, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for every operation, simultaneous logging, reliable process information among others.

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