Friday, 1 November 2013

Reliability Monitor

I use Micro$oft windows 7 on my lenovo laptop. Come to think of it we have it on the home computer as well. I have messed around with just about every version of windows since year dot. In fact I messed around with computers prior to windows way back when we only had the dos environment. Dos (Disk operating system) had the wonderful error message 'B Dos error on A' no matter the error that was the error message.

Windows 7 is a fairly good operating system and has been accepted quite well into the wider community. Other versions of windows have not faired so well over the years. The later windows 8 seems to be another of the slow take-up versions. I can't see me switching to windows 8 at any time.

Things have moved on since the catch all error of 'B Dos error on A'. Error messages can be very informative but still be a bit cryptic at times. Built into Windows 7 is a tool which is intended for the computer geek. A tool which any user can check the reliability of their Windows 7 installation. The reliability feature uses a graph that a user can use to determine if any problems have been reported and if there is a possible solution. The Reliability Monitor is intended for advanced computer users but anyone can use it to take a peek at how well things are performing.

Microsoft describes the tool as: 'Reliability Monitor' is an advanced tool that measures hardware and software problems and any other changes to your computer. It provides a stability index that ranges from 1 the least stable to 10 the most stable. You can use the index to help evaluate the reliability of your computer. Any change you make to your computer or problem that occurs on your computer will affect the stability index.

You can start Reliability Monitor by going to Start and typing in 'reliability' in the search box.

Using Reliability Monitor, you can:
Click any event on the graph to view its details.
Click Days, or Weeks, to view the stability index over a specific period of time.
Click items in the Action column to view more information about it.

Caveat Unless you are experiencing a particular problem. The results of Reliability Monitor should be just used as a heads up. What is a reliable computer for the way in which you use it may not be reliable for the way that someone else would use it. In other words - if there are no problems as a far as you use your computer - don't assume that there are issues to fix.

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