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Windows Reliability Monitor

Improving Windows 7’s reliability with the help of Windows Action Center

In this post you will learn about one of the most important checkpoint of your windows 7 operating system! The Windows 7 is a very advance and accelerated operating system, but it is very important for a user to understand how to deal with system errors and common problems of the windows platform. So, in order to understand and deal with the common system errors of Windows 7 you can refer the built-in Action center of your operating system. The Windows 7 contains a built-in function called “Reliability Monitor”! With the help of “Reliability Monitor” you will be able to understand the system errors and critical as well as common problems faced by your operating system. It is a great feature for identifying and solving the common issues which makes the system unstable and slow. The Reliability Monitor gives the complete details about the software crashes, system foul ups or any kind of driver related issues!

Following are the important steps of investigating system errors with the help of Windows 7’s Reliability Monitor:

1)      Accessing the Reliability Center through Performance Monitor: In order to access your PC’s reliability center, go to “Control Panel” and inside control panel click on ‘System’ section! Once you are in System properties click on the “Action Center” which you will be able to see on the left side corner of the system properties window. Once you are in the “Action Center” you will have to expand the ‘Maintenance’ option by clicking on the downward arrow which is place in front of ‘Maintenance’ section! After expanding ‘Maintenance’ section you will see an option called “View reliability history”. So, click on “View reliability history” and wait for few seconds to let the windows generate the “Reliability Monitor”.

Windows Action Center

2)      Understanding the Reliability History: Once you are in the Reliability History panel, you will see the report of reliability data and error history that has been stored by Windows 7. The report will show you the graphical representation of your system’s complete reliability history! Right below the graphical representation, you will see the details about several system errors that are caused on the specific day and time. The details will give you the complete idea about the system errors and through which software or applications the errors are generated!

Windows 7 Reliability Monitor

Windows 7 Reliability Monitor (Click the image for a proper view!)

3)      Get a complete overview of System’s Reliability: In order to get the complete details of your computer’s reliability you will have to switch the “View by” configuration to ‘weeks’! Once you set the configuration to ‘weeks’, then you will be able to see the weekly overview of your system’s reliability. In order to see the problem details of critical errors, double click or hit enter on any of the “Critical events” displayed on the lower pane of reliability monitor! In the problem details menu, you will be able to find out the information about faulting application path, problem event name, application name, application version and several other important details such as “Fault Module name”, “Fault Module Version”, etc.  Windows can also help you solve the specific problem with the help of its online database! To check out if the windows is able to solve the issue, click on the “Check for a solution” action which you will be able to see right in front of a relevant critical event! If the Microsoft’s online database is familiar with the issue, then the solution will be provided for solving the problem.

4)     Keep the drivers and software Updated: In systems Reliability monitor you may find that your system’s drivers are corrupt or they always keep crashing. Most of the time this crashes happens because of no updates received by the drivers, and as a result of crashing; it causes instability in the system! So, in order to avoid such type of system instability and crashes, keep your drivers and software updated! Also, make sure to keep your browser and browser plug-ins updated in order to avoid crashing and instability in your computer’s operating system.

5)     Understanding the informational messages of Reliability Monitor: It is important that you understand the messages presented in your system’s Reliability Monitor. In order to read the info messages generated by the system, you will have to find the blue ‘I’ symbol in your reliability history menu. The information symbol will give you the complete details about the failure, warnings as well as all the details of automatic updates of operating system and applications.

6)     Update Windows Regularly: It is important to keep your operating system updated! If you want to update windows manually, go to your ‘System’ configuration panel by clicking the back option from your reliability monitor window or by right clicking on “My Computer”. In the bottom left of ‘System’ panel you will see “Windows Update” link! Go to windows update and click on “Install Updates”. Just sit and relax while your operating system gets updated with important and recent files and applications.  Once the update procedure is completed you will need to restart your computer in order to let the system configure the latest updates and changes.

The feature of Window’s Reliability Monitor is available in Windows Vista, Windows 7 as well as in the latest Windows 8 operating system. It is a very useful feature which helps in pinpointing any specific problems faced by your operating system. Make sure that you regularly check you system’s reliability monitor panel in order to avoid any kind of instability in your computer performance!

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