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Secret Windows tool only the tech pros know about

Secret Windows tool only the tech pros know about
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Dealing with computer problems can be frustrating. Whether your gadget is not working at all or it's just running super slow can really be a setback. Especially if you are working on a deadline.

Troubleshooting issues might be difficult for the not-so-tech-savvy person. If you fall into this category, don't feel bad. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Sometimes when PC issues occur we need to contact a professional for help. Before doing so, it's best to know exactly what the problem is so you can easily describe it to the tech.

That's why you need to know about Windows Reliability Monitor. It's designed to fine-tune and even help fix your computer.

What is Windows Reliability Monitor

Reliability Monitor is a tool already built-in to Windows as a part of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). It's been a part of the operating system since Vista was introduced in 2007 but is somewhat hidden, so it's easy for users not to know about it.

The tool receives data about your system from the Windows Event Manager. It focuses on things that impact the performance and reliability of your gadget.

These five data categories are tracked:

  1. Windows errors or failures - Example: Windows hardware error.
  2. Application errors or failures - Example: Outlook not responding.
  3. Miscellaneous errors or failures - Example: More than likely this deals with peripherals like a Disk failure.
  4. Warnings - These typically deal with problems that don't necessarily affect system behavior, for example, an unsuccessful driver installation.
  5. Information - This will track changes that are made to your system, such as a successful Windows update.
Next page: Using Windows Reliability Monitor
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