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Windows Vista™ Inside Out by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Taking Performance Snapshots

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

Measuring Satisfaction with the Windows Experience Index

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 ...

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