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How to manage System Monitor counters in Windows XP

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This article was previously published under Q305610
SUMMARY
This step-by-step article describes how to manage System Monitor counters.

To add counters to System Monitor

  1. Click Start, click Run, and then type perfmon.msc in the Open box.
  2. In the Performance window, right-click the right pane, and then click Add Counters.
  3. To monitor any computer on which the monitoring console is run, click Use local computer counters. Or, to monitor a specific computer regardless of where the monitoring console is run, click Select counters from computer, and then type a computer name. By default, the name of the local computer is selected.
  4. Under Performance object, click an object to monitor. The Processor object is selected by default.
  5. To monitor all counters, click All counters. Or, to monitor only selected counters, click Select counters from list, and then select the counters you want to monitor. The % Processor Time counter is selected by default.
  6. To monitor all instances of the selected counters, click All instances. Or, to monitor only selected instances, click Select instances from list, and then select the instances you want to monitor. The _Total instance is selected by default.
  7. Click Add.

To delete counters from System Monitor

  1. Click Start, click Run, and then type perfmon.msc in the Open box.
  2. In the Performance window, click to select the counter in the right pane, and then click Delete.

To obtain details about counters

  1. Click Start, click Run, and then type perfmon.msc in the Open box.
  2. In the Performance window, right-click the right pane, and then click Add Counters.
  3. Under Performance object, click an object.
  4. Under Performance counters, click the counter for which you want information.
  5. Click the Explain button.
REFERENCES
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
823887 Support WebCast: Monitoring and tuning system performance in Microsoft Windows XP
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Article ID: 305610 - Last Review: 06/29/2006 16:14:47 - Revision: 2.2

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • kbhowtomaster KB305610
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