System Monitor collects data from the internal operations of Windows. This is your key source of Windows troubleshooting information. Familiarize yourself with its functions by moving the mouse pointer to to view the button tool tips.
New Counter Set
View Current Activity
View Logged Data
Use the Graph View to see 100 data points for each counter. By default, each counter is collected every second, but this time interval can be adjusted. Use the Histogram view to identify high counters. In the following window, the process with the highest memory utilization in its working set is clearly identified.
Analyzing your system in real time is a challenge. System monitor only displays 100 data points and does not save the data. Use Logs and Alerts to make a permanent record of the data.
Start System Monitor from the Performance shortcut. If % Processor Time is not already selected, press the + Add button and select it. Drag the window around the screen and see how the graph goes up.
Ordinary users can monitor their own machines.
System Monitor can also monitor remote machines.
By default, administrators have the permissions necessary for remote monitoring. Other users can do remote monitoring if they have the following permissions.
Read access to
Full Control to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\SysmonLog\Log Queries
To create counter logs, you need permissions to start and configure services. Administrators have this by default. The best way to give this permission to users is to use the Security Configuration snap-in.