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What Is the Windows 7


Reliability Monitor And How to
Get The Most Out Of It
By Ryan Dube / August 31, 2012 31-08-2012 / 5 minutes

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How do you know when a computer is reliable? How exactly do you even
de籢ne something as abstract as “reliability”.
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When I think about what makes my computer reliable, in my opinion it is all
about whether or not the computer can run the applications that I need it
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fact, embedded into Windows 7 is a useful reliability monitor that lets you
not only visualize the current reliability level of your computer, but you can
also see a historic log of  how reliable your computer has performed over
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How can you see the reliability of your computer? Well, Chris recently
covered using a tool to research windows software error reports. This is a
great tool to research current software errors you may be experiencing,
but the beauty of this tool is that it also serves as a historic log and
research tool for your Windows 7 reliability level over time.

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To use the reliability monitor on your Windows 7 machine, go into the


Control Center and make sure “View by” is set to “Category”. Click on
“System and Security” and then under “Action Center”, click on “Review
your computer’s status and resolve issues”.
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Click on “Maintenance” to expand that section, and then click on the link to
“View reliability history”.

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Now you’re in the reliability monitor tool. This is a very large chart that will
range over approximately a month at a time. It shows you how your
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without any system failures, your overall reliability rating continues to
climb. The goal is obviously to have a perfect 10.

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The tool logs application failures, windows failures, miscellaneous failures,


system warnings and even informational noti籢cations. When you click on
each day, you’ll see the actual details of those alerts and noti籢cations in How to Stop Irrelevant YouTube
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The category of alerts are displayed in the monitor with a unique icon. This
gives you a quick glance at what level of event occurred on that day and
how serious any problems were. You may notice that on some days the
noti籢cations had no effect on the reliability index – the error was not
serious enough for the index to get lowered. However, on other days you’ll
notice that one application crash drops your overall reliability by nearly 30
to 50 percent.
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It all comes down to what caused the crash and why. In the detail pane,
you can investigate some of those serious failures that caused a huge
drop in reliability. The “Summary” 籢eld gives you a brief explanation of
what happened, but to see more details you can click on “View technical
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For example, I noticed that at least every 3 or 4 days, MotoConnect.exe


was crashing. This isn’t even an application that I use anymore – it was a
version of the driver for the Motorola Droid that I installed back in 2010.
The Description will tell you a lot of information about the application that
crashed, right down to the dll 籢le that faulted.

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I thought that was odd, so I checked my Windows Update icon in the task
bar and upon opening it up, sure enough there were a number of updates
waiting to install. To 籢x this constant, ongoing problem just required a
quick manual install of the critical updates, and voila – I ensured that my
long-term reliability level for my computer would increase over the next
few weeks.

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By the way, the daily log is also a great place to go to see not only “bad”
events that take place on your computer, but also any other activity that
might occur, like software installations.

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If you work in IT, this can be a real life-saver when you’re trying to 籢gure
out what a user did on a computer that made it start crashing constantly.
Did they recently install or uninstall an application? You can see it all here
by date and time. This is an awesome IT troubleshooting tool.

If you want to get to the most serious issues causing problems for your
computer, go after those huge drops that kill your reliability in one fell
swoop.

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Typically, you’ll see a critical event that occurs on a recurring basis. Fix that
one issue and you’ll go a long way in improving your overall computer
reliability.

As you can see, the Windows reliability monitor has a lot of uses for
troubleshooting and monitoring a lot about your computer. If you make it a
regular habit to launch the monitor and review any recent issues, you’re
sure to keep your computer running at it’s top possible performance.

Did you already know about the reliability monitor before reading this
article? Is this the 籢rst time you’ve seen it? Does it seem like something
you will use to maintain your computer? Share your thoughts and insights
in the comments section below.

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