Windows 10 Task Manager ‘% CPU’ skew – A Tale of Two Metrics

EDIT: My co-worker, Aaron Margosis, wrote his take on this issue, you can read about it here: Task Managers CPU Numbers Are All But Meaningless! Windows 10 Task Manager is often used by end users to gauge the performance of their machine, especially when they think something is amiss. There are several reasons why this …

What’s using your video RAM? Xbox Game Services naturally…

Applies to: Windows 10, Gamers   One of my routines when installing Windows 10 fresh (or updating builds when it wipes my preferences) is to change Task Manager’s view to report on additional columns of value.  Let me show you what I’m doing: My machine has an uptime of 1 day, 15 hours. I game …

What does the new Microsoft Ultimate Power Plan do? (not much)

There has been some excitement in the announcement of Microsoft’s new Ultimate Power Plan. This power plan, for those who haven’t heard about it, is destined for Windows 10 Professional for Workstations. The setting also is present in Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise build 1803, but you have to add it in an administrative cmdline. …

Performance Series Part 2 – How to import an xml file into Perfmon on Windows.

Applies to: Windows 7+, Windows Server 2008 R2+ Target audience: People I support primarily. Anyone who wants to perf like a pro? Why There may come a time where you need to import an xml file given to you by a support person into Perfmon. This is so precise, targeted data captures can be made …

Performance Series Part 1 – How to collect an ETW/Xperf trace to capture general performance issues

Applies to: Windows 7+, Windows Server 2008 R2+ Target audience: People I support primarily. Anyone who wants to perf like a pro? Step 1: Get the Windows Performance Toolkit, by way of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. Since every iteration of the WPT happens to be distributed slightly differently than the previous version, I’ve included …

Activate dual displays in Nvidia control panel SLI area doesn’t seem to use both GPUs as advertised.

So I was playing a video game on one monitor while watching a video on the other. And I noted that the video was stuttering in spots. And generally when the screen action got busy in the game. I have 2 1070ti GPUs in my system, this shouldn’t really be happening… Complete stats of the …

Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Performance Guidance for SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Post courtesy of Evan Basalik One of the most resource intensive applications you can run on Windows is SQL Server. To some extent, this is demonstrated by the vast amounts of performance guidance and troubleshooting documents that exist all over the web. When running SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine (i.e., IaaS), there is …

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