The Resource Monitor is a new tool for Vista that helps track down performance issues.
To start the Resource Monitor...
- Right click on an empty part of the taskbar and select "Task Manager" (or press Ctrl-Shift-Esc)
- Select the "Performance" tab
- Click the "Resource Monitor..." button at the bottom right
Resource Monitor tracks your CPU and memory like Task Manger does. But, it also tracks disk and network activity.
If any of the charts are pegged, click on it to get more detailed information.
I sort by the following columns to see who is responsible for the resource use:
- CPU: CPU column
- Disk: Either the Read or Write column
- Network: Total column
- Memory: Hard Faults
I found this tool *very* helpful...I will be using it more in the future.