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There are tools that can help you track down the program that keeps your hard disk busy, but usually you don’t have them to hand when needed. An article in the The Sean Blog reminded me that Vista has such a tool already on board. It is the Resource Monitor which is a part of the new Performance and Reliability Monitor. I have been playing with this great tool in the beta version of Vista, but then I forgot about it somehow. It is one of these numerous tiny improvements in Vista that make an upgrade worthwhile.
The fastest way to launch the Resource Monitor is to just start typing “perfmon” at the Start Search prompt. You will see a section for disk monitoring. Click on “Read” or “Write” to get a sorted list of the applications that stress your disk at most. Of course you can also use the Resource Monitor to check out what program stresses your CPU, memory, or your network bandwidth.
Which tool are you using for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003?