Let’s see, the retail version of Windows 7 has been on the market since October 2009 [1].  Just this past week, July 2012, I realized that there is a nifty Resource Monitor within Windows 7 Pro.  While this is probably not new to folks who use Windows 7 everyday it came as a nice surprise to me.  In my defense of ignorance I plead a willing and habitual use of Mac and Linux …and have recently begun using Windows 7 Pro over the last 12 months (work notebook).

I have to say however that I like Windows 7 much more than I thought I would.  In fact, of the versions of Windows that have been produced and delivered from Redmond, Windows 7 Pro in my opinion has been the best to date.  For the needs I have it has been great.

Starting Resource Monitor is a quick as clicking on “start” then type “resmon” into the “Search programs and files” box.

According to Microsoft, Resource Monitor provides the following [2].

Resource Monitor displays per-process and aggregate CPU, memory, disk, and network usage information, in addition to providing details about which processes are using individual file handles and modules. Advanced filtering allows users to isolate the data related to one or more processes (either applications or services), start, stop, pause, and resume services, and close unresponsive applications from the user interface. It also includes a process analysis feature that can help identify deadlocked processes and file locking conflicts so that the user can attempt to resolve the conflict instead of closing an application and potentially losing data.

Here is a short screencast from TechNet covering Resource Monitor,


[1] http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/archive/b/windows7/archive/2009/07/22/windows-7-has-been-released-to-manufacturing.aspx

[2] http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee731897(v=WS.10).aspx

Last modified: 12/12/2020


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