Windows Vista includes several tools that you can use to get a here-and-now picture of your system’s health and performance. These tools include the following:
The Windows Experience Index (and its command-line companion, Winsat.exe)
The System Diagnostics Report
The Reliability Monitor
If you installed Windows Vista yourself, you probably noticed that a performance assessment took place near the end of the setup process. You might have seen a report comparable to the one shown in Figure 21-3. If you missed that at setup, you can always display it again by opening System And Maintenance in Control Panel and then clicking Performance Information And Tools.
Figure 21-3. The ...