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Windows 10 offers a lot of performance and troubleshooting tools and one of them is built in. The Performance Monitor is a powerful tool that gives you a summary of processes, diagnostic results and hardware data to fix system performance problems. You can also collect data by logging it and generating reports. In order to bring up the monitor tool hit Windows Key + R and type “perfmon” and click OK. On the left of the pane go to Data Collector Sets> System> System Performance. Right click System Performance and click Start. It will only take about a minute to run, so while this is running go to Reports > System > System Performance. Open the report and you will see an overview of your system and a summary of components like CPU, Network, Disks and Memory. Although you could use Task Manager to monitor performance, the Performance Monitor tool is more advanced that allows you to monitor almost anything on your computer and because of that it makes it valuable to analyze and fix problems on Windows 10.

Another good troubleshooting tool is the Troubleshoot page. If you go to Settings> Update & Recovery> Troubleshoot, this will show you many different built-in windows troubleshooting tools you can use to find and repair common issues that deal with software and hardware. Clicking many of these options will automatically start detecting for problems related to your issue. Say you come across a hardware problem. Nowadays most PCs support a numerous number of devices and all you need to do is plug it in with the appropriate port and it works. But sometimes a hardware issue can be from a corrupt driver or not plugging it in correctly. Using the built-in troubleshooter, it will detect any issues and display those errors, so you know how to fix them if possible.

Both tools can be very helpful when trying to narrow down performance issues or troubleshooting a problem. There is so much depth to the Performance Monitor that may be more difficult for beginner users but very helpful if you know what to look for. The built-in Troubleshoot page is better for the every day person that doesn’t know much about computers. It brings up a list of basic things you may encounter and it will diagnose and show you the problem automatically without having to do much investigating.