Monday, October 17, 2016

Windows Reliability Monitor - The Best Way of Pinpointing Issues

Everyone with a computer experiences functionality issues from time to time. When the issue occurs on a personal device, we are forced to dig deeper to find out what might be causing our issue and there are multiple ways to go about this. Many people utilize the Internet or the Event Viewer in Windows, which tracks errors, warnings and service operations issues. However, the Windows Reliability Monitor is the best way to pinpoint issues on a device because it tracks changes in time. Using a graph to display issues in either a day or week format makes it incredibly easy to identify when issues began, what changes may have been made and identify what is causing the issue.

Windows Reliability Monitor - The Best Way of Pinpointing Issues

To access the Reliability Monitor:
  • Open "Control Panel".
  • Open "Action Center".
  • In the right pane, click "Maintenance" to expand the category.
  • Under the heading "Check for solutions to problem reports" click on the "View reliability history" link.

  • Open "Control Panel".
  • Type "Reliability history" in the search bar at the top.
  • Click on the link for "View reliability history" in the results.
The top of the reliability graph maps a score between 1- 10 for the device based on an assessment of the system's overall stability. Click on any day or week to view the different types of issues affecting the system in that date range. This can help find issues that began before symptoms were noticed, if they are critical and if they are repeating, or if the issue was simply a fluke. The Reliability Monitor tracks and graphs the following items:
  • Critical events / application failures
  • Windows failures
  • Miscellaneous failures
  • Warnings
  • Informational events

Using the Reliability Monitor allows you to find existing issues, when issues are recurring, which issues are critical and should be addressed immediately, and when issues began which is very helpful to pinpoint what changed with a system before issues were noticed. Sometimes services and programs are having issues we are unaware of until symptoms become more obvious. Having a history tracking of the overall stability of a device and easy to track dates and logged failures assists the troubleshooting process.

As always, experiencing issues is never fun, but quickly finding solutions is the key to efficiency! 

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