be updating this as I get time - but wanted to save it "just-in-case"
open Task Manager you can:
1) Press Ctrl-Alt-Del
Right click on the Task Bar
3) Go to Start...Run...and type in "taskmgr.exe" (without the quotes)
and press Enter
in Task Manager, you'll see several tabs at the top. The most important
(for this guide) is the Processes tab. It shows how much of your system
resources that your programs/processes/services are using. In it's
default view, you'll see the name of the process, it's CPU usage, and
it's Memory usage.
first step will be to add the 3rd major resource - your hard drive. You
can add a bunch of different columns for this, but the major one that's
used is called I/O Reads. To set this up:
1) When viewing the Processes tab, click on the View menu item
2) Select the "Select columns" item
Place a checkmark in the I/O Reads box (you don't need to place a
checkmark in any of the other I/O Reads type boxes or the other I/O
4) Click on OK to exit the dialog
5) Resize the window by dragging the right side out so that you can see
the I/O Reads column.
sort by any of the columns, just double click the title and it'll sort
with the largest value at the top. This comes in handy for seeing
what's consuming resources (Don't be alarmed by the System Idle Process
consuming all of your CPU - that's normal)
Image Name column is how we identify what the program is that running.
So, if you've got high numbers related to a certain image name, then
that image name will tell us (most likely) what program is causing the
caveats here - a program that's actually working will take up more
resources than if it's just sitting around waiting to work. You'll
typically see this when a program is scanning your system.
other is that there are sometimes multiple instances of an image name
present (the most common is svchost.exe). You can tell which is which
by enabling the PID column
Processes from all users