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Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista

  1. #1


    Adam Albright Guest

    Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista

    One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    hate that!

    I've mentioned Task Manager and Resource Monitor many times in various
    threads from which you can learn a lot of what Vista is doing behind
    the scenes. Did you know you can go a lot further?

    Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.

    How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    how to turn it on. OK, why would you want to use this tool?

    To track what goes wrong and perhaps get a better understand why.

    If you typed in 'relia' a new window should pop up, expand Monitoring
    tools in the left pane and go full screen so you can see details more
    clearly. Click on Reliability Monitor and you'll see something you
    haven't before... a plotted line chart of your system's reliability.
    At the extreme top right you can select a day to get a closer look
    starting at that date.

    Now when you have some time, just play around looking for low plotted
    points on the chart. To see them all you need to move backwards in
    time by changing the calendar to earlier dates.

    Example: for me 5/26/07 was a "bad" day. I know that not from trusting
    my memory or reading notes, but by clicking on the tick on the chart
    that Vista was keeping for me. When I did a whole bunch of data popped
    up under applications failures.

    Other things show up on the chart too. There are five categories:
    Software installs which include driver changes and Windows updates,
    applications failures, the more important hardware failures, Windows
    failures and everything else lumped under Miscellaneous failures.

    Why should you care? Because this can help you troubleshoot problems
    when your system is sluggish or not running right or is always
    crashing. Similar to the "ranking" you get for your installed hardware
    this chart shows an index number for how reliable your install of
    Vista is behaving. Higher ticks on the chart show a higher index value
    at that point in time reflecting a more stable system, lower values
    point to problems, so it is easy to go all the way back to when you
    installed Vista or when some problem started happening by just
    changing the date on the calendar at the top of this window then walk
    through the chart looking for "problems" by checking for low points on
    the chart and the familiar keys of red "x's", yellow ! or information
    markers like is used in Device Manager.

    Tip: To get a quick idea how stable your system has been according to
    Vista, begin by selecting "show all" then look at the details under
    each of the five categories I mentioned above.

    Another place to look for help is in Control Panel. Click on Problem
    Reports and you can get a detailed problem report history by
    application.

    By combining what Reliability Monitor logs, what is logged in Events
    and is detailed in problem reports you are further along in finding
    out what is causing Vista problems.


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  3. #2


    Fyvush Finkel Guest

    Thanks lots !

    Waaaayyyy COOL. Thanks for the tip. I love the ability to see when
    software and updates were install. A great debugging tool.


    "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    > One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    > blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    > by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    > hate that!
    >
    > I've mentioned Task Manager and Resource Monitor many times in various
    > threads from which you can learn a lot of what Vista is doing behind
    > the scenes. Did you know you can go a lot further?
    >
    > Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >
    > How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    > how to turn it on. OK, why would you want to use this tool?
    >
    > To track what goes wrong and perhaps get a better understand why.
    >
    > If you typed in 'relia' a new window should pop up, expand Monitoring
    > tools in the left pane and go full screen so you can see details more
    > clearly. Click on Reliability Monitor and you'll see something you
    > haven't before... a plotted line chart of your system's reliability.
    > At the extreme top right you can select a day to get a closer look
    > starting at that date.
    >
    > Now when you have some time, just play around looking for low plotted
    > points on the chart. To see them all you need to move backwards in
    > time by changing the calendar to earlier dates.
    >
    > Example: for me 5/26/07 was a "bad" day. I know that not from trusting
    > my memory or reading notes, but by clicking on the tick on the chart
    > that Vista was keeping for me. When I did a whole bunch of data popped
    > up under applications failures.
    >
    > Other things show up on the chart too. There are five categories:
    > Software installs which include driver changes and Windows updates,
    > applications failures, the more important hardware failures, Windows
    > failures and everything else lumped under Miscellaneous failures.
    >
    > Why should you care? Because this can help you troubleshoot problems
    > when your system is sluggish or not running right or is always
    > crashing. Similar to the "ranking" you get for your installed hardware
    > this chart shows an index number for how reliable your install of
    > Vista is behaving. Higher ticks on the chart show a higher index value
    > at that point in time reflecting a more stable system, lower values
    > point to problems, so it is easy to go all the way back to when you
    > installed Vista or when some problem started happening by just
    > changing the date on the calendar at the top of this window then walk
    > through the chart looking for "problems" by checking for low points on
    > the chart and the familiar keys of red "x's", yellow ! or information
    > markers like is used in Device Manager.
    >
    > Tip: To get a quick idea how stable your system has been according to
    > Vista, begin by selecting "show all" then look at the details under
    > each of the five categories I mentioned above.
    >
    > Another place to look for help is in Control Panel. Click on Problem
    > Reports and you can get a detailed problem report history by
    > application.
    >
    > By combining what Reliability Monitor logs, what is logged in Events
    > and is detailed in problem reports you are further along in finding
    > out what is causing Vista problems.
    >



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  4. #3


    Tom Allen Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista


    "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    > One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    > blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    > by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    > hate that!


    >
    > Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    > How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    > how to turn it on.


    Hidden features ?
    I just looked in Programs - Administrative tools,
    also in Control Panel - System and maintenance.

    Tom



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  5. #4


    Frank Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hidin Vista

    Tom Allen wrote:

    > "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    > news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >
    >>One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >>blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >>by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >>hate that!

    >
    >
    >>Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >>How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >>how to turn it on.

    >
    >
    > Hidden features ?
    > I just looked in Programs - Administrative tools,
    > also in Control Panel - System and maintenance.
    >
    > Tom
    >
    >

    In Ultimate, it's not hidden, it's in Administrative tools.
    Frank

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  6. #5


    Julian Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista



    "Tom Allen" <TAllen47@grip-pipe.thyn.ne.invalid> wrote in message
    news:uAthYqMwHHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    > news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >> One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >> blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >> by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >> hate that!

    >
    >>
    >> Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >> How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >> how to turn it on.

    >
    > Hidden features ?


    Yes... if you're blind drunk.


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  7. #6


    Frank Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hidin Vista

    Julian wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Tom Allen" <TAllen47@grip-pipe.thyn.ne.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:uAthYqMwHHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >
    >>
    >> "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    >> news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >>
    >>> One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >>> blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >>> by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >>> hate that!

    >>
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >>> How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >>> how to turn it on.

    >>
    >>
    >> Hidden features ?

    >
    >
    > Yes... if you're blind drunk.


    hehehe...good one! :-)
    Frank

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  8. #7


    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista

    On Sat, 7 Jul 2007 20:11:09 +0100, "Tom Allen"
    <TAllen47@grip-pipe.thyn.ne.invalid> wrote:

    >
    >"Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    >news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >> One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >> blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >> by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >> hate that!

    >
    >>
    >> Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >> How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >> how to turn it on.

    >
    >Hidden features ?
    >I just looked in Programs - Administrative tools,
    >also in Control Panel - System and maintenance.
    >
    >Tom
    >

    You don't think putting it in Control Panel is hiding? I do.


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  9. #8


    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista

    On Sat, 7 Jul 2007 20:37:37 +0100, "Julian" <Julianlzb87@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Tom Allen" <TAllen47@grip-pipe.thyn.ne.invalid> wrote in message
    >news:uAthYqMwHHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    >> news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >>> One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >>> blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >>> by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >>> hate that!

    >>
    >>>
    >>> Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >>> How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >>> how to turn it on.

    >>
    >> Hidden features ?

    >
    >Yes... if you're blind drunk.


    Just poor design. Things Microsoft don't really want you to use they
    HIDE in Control Panel. I see all the moronic fanboys stick together.


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  10. #9


    Julian Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista



    "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    news:2rtv8356jjp****26a1adfqdpa7k0g530r@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 7 Jul 2007 20:37:37 +0100, "Julian" <Julianlzb87@gmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>"Tom Allen" <TAllen47@grip-pipe.thyn.ne.invalid> wrote in message
    >>news:uAthYqMwHHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >>>
    >>> "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >>>> One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >>>> blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >>>> by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >>>> hate that!
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >>>> How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >>>> how to turn it on.
    >>>
    >>> Hidden features ?

    >>
    >>Yes... if you're blind drunk.

    >
    > Just poor design. Things Microsoft don't really want you to use they
    > HIDE in Control Panel. I see all the moronic fanboys stick together.
    >


    Get a life.

    How on earth are they supposed to make every possible function
    immediately obvious? 99% of users aren't interested in such details.
    A little knowledge, such as you have, is a dangerous thing.

    Hic!




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  11. #10


    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: Using Reliability Monitor, a tool the the boys of Redmond hid in Vista

    On Sat, 7 Jul 2007 22:16:30 +0100, "Julian" <Julianlzb87@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    >news:2rtv8356jjp****26a1adfqdpa7k0g530r@4ax.com...
    >> On Sat, 7 Jul 2007 20:37:37 +0100, "Julian" <Julianlzb87@gmail.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>"Tom Allen" <TAllen47@grip-pipe.thyn.ne.invalid> wrote in message
    >>>news:uAthYqMwHHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >>>>
    >>>> "Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:04av835vegv2hljjegvebursaljltmq0f7@4ax.com...
    >>>>> One of my pet peeves is Microsoft treats ALL it's customers as
    >>>>> blithering idiots and in effect tries to protect users from themselves
    >>>>> by hiding built-in features that can be useful in troubleshooting. I
    >>>>> hate that!
    >>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Click on Start and type in 'relia' for Reliability Monitor.
    >>>>> How about that! A new tool that was there all along if only you knew
    >>>>> how to turn it on.
    >>>>
    >>>> Hidden features ?
    >>>
    >>>Yes... if you're blind drunk.

    >>
    >> Just poor design. Things Microsoft don't really want you to use they
    >> HIDE in Control Panel. I see all the moronic fanboys stick together.
    >>

    >
    >Get a life.
    >
    >How on earth are they supposed to make every possible function
    >immediately obvious? 99% of users aren't interested in such details.
    >A little knowledge, such as you have, is a dangerous thing.
    >
    >Hic!


    Like I said, moronic fanboys. I forgot more than you idiots will ever
    know.


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