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In Windows Vista, users can have an extensive System Health Report generated for them in helping troubleshoot performance and reliability issues on their PC or to see how healthy their PC is in general. For the average user, this probably won't mean anything. But for me, I'm the type of user that really likes having the ability to create reports that tell me about my PC so I was really excited to find this ability in Windows Vista.
This evening I decided to generate a report on my main desktop PC for the first time and see what it says. To have a System Health Report generated:
The report generates after about 60 seconds of testing. Here is my System Health Report I generated this evening:
As you can see, any sort of errors or warnings for your system are displayed first at the top of the report. You can see from my report, my HP Photosmart C5100 Printer is disabled giving an error. This is because I recently switched my HP Photosmart C5100 from being connected to my PC via USB to being a network printer. I can ignore this error. Under warnings, my CPU was being consumed more than 50% by the EncoderUI.exe process. This is Microsoft Expression Encoder. I was encoding a HD video using Microsoft Expression Encoder at the time of running the System Health Check Report. Nothing to worry about there. Once the encoding was finished, I re-ran the report and my CPU usage dropped to an acceptable level.
In generating the System Health Report, a series of basic system and performance checks are completed. You can also check out your Software and Hardware configurations as well. The information in these tests is pretty detailed. Under Network and TCP you can see outbound and inbound IP traffic for example from when the report was generated or the exact amount of memory being used by processes.
You have the option to save your report as an HTML document if you would like. For me, if I need to save a report, I just print to an XPS document.
For folks using the latest version of Windows Live OneCare, you also have the ability to pull up monthly reports displaying information on PC scans, your monthly subscription, and firewall protection. By default, after a monthly tune-up is run your monthly report is displayed.
Thanks for the post Brandon. Any idea how to monitor the system performance for a day or two?
I get "Access Denied" even though I am an administrator (sole user on a non-domain system) and have UAC off!?
An error occurred while attempting to generate the report.
Also -- the utility lacks the ability to highlight and copy that message.. so I had to manually transcribe it.
Hope this feedback helps.
You will find a similar article here. It has more details and screenshots about how to check your system health with the Reliability and Performance Monitor:
Is there a way to access this report via the Reliability and Performance MMC? I'm mostly interested in how to view one of these reports on a remote machine. The Reliability and Performance MMC (or usually, the Computer Management MMC) has been fantastic for checking what kinds of problems users are experiencing on a proactive basis (oftentimes, they don't report issues). This report is fantastic, and it would be very worthwhile to be able to generate it remotely.
Same thing here, though this is a domain PC running SP1 RC1. I've tried with both my regular admin account and even my domain admin account, but same issue. I have UAC turned on, and set to automatially elevate without prompting for administrators in Admin Approval mode.
Major Trumpet and Hurricane Andrew, I am unsure as to why you're getting "accesss denied" errors. Let me try to look into it and see what might be the issues. What versions of Vista are you running? Ultimate? Home Premium?
carusen, there's isn't much more in that article that's not offered here ;-) It just includes two extra screenshots but I instead choose to type out the process of getting to the report instead. But here I included my real experience and talked about it. But thanks for the link.
bluvg, I was unable to discover a way to get to the report via the MMC. I too think it would be great to access the report via the MMC. If anyone has any pointers as to how to access the report via the MMC let us know!
I'm running Vista Business, 32-bit with SP1 RC1. This also occurred on my home PC, running Vista Ultimate 32-bit. It's also on a domain, and is NOT running RC1, RTM updates and patches only. Both are running Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Related: how does one exclude applications etc. with known issues from the Reliability Index, so as to get an undistorted view of the rest of the system?
My system is Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit running the beta SP1 and Aviri Free-av and no other weird "system intrusive" software.
I have tried just now and still get the same message. On battery and on mains. Only difference is I changed to AVG Free AV from Aviri.
The only thing in the Event Viewer is:
"The Performance Logs & Alerts service entered the running state." showing at the exact time I tried to run the report.
Hello all, thanks for inviting me to join the community. I hope all are enjoying the holidays, both, on and offline. While i'm fairly new to VISTA, I've a focused interested in learning as much as I can about the Shadow Copy features, (VSS) as the program's allocation grows seemingly unleashed and unbound by any user restraints. At this very moment, Shadow Copy is spreading larger and larger over my available free space. All your recommendations toward learning to control the nature of this beast will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Again, Happy New Year!