The Windows 7 Resource Monitor is a graphical representation of what is going on with the major components of your computer, such as the CPU, memory, hard drive and network. This tool is especially useful in tracking down programs and processes that are bogging down your system. For instance, you might be allowing a program to run in memory that doesn’t need to and the Windows 7 Resource Monitor will display this program so you can turn the service off or even uninstall it, if necessary.
Other Windows 7 Resource Monitor Tools
The Memory Monitor is probably the most useful as if displays the programs that are using your RAM, shows the amount of free memory you have, as well as the amount of memory you have in Standby. Free memory is memory that is simply being used at all and standby memory contains cached data that is not currently being used.
Another useful tool is the Network Monitor. You can see exactly what applications are using the network, as well as the send and receive bits they are pulling. A good way to watch how this works is to open an Internet Speed Test and view how the send and receive bits jump rapidly as the network speed is being tested.
You normally will not need to reference the Windows 7 resource monitor. In fact, while watching it you might notice the CPU jump to 100 percent, which is perfectly normal in some circumstances. However, if you notice a sustained drop in your computer’s performance, this is a great built-in utility to use while diagnosing the computer problem.
You can find the Windows 7 Resource Monitor by clicking the Start button, then by going to Programs, Accessories, then System Tools.