Monitoring Processes


Identifying Processes

The ability to identify what processes are doing what is useful when you reboot vista and notice the CPU is maxed for the first 5 min, but only the generic services host is identified as using them. The find out what is going on, down load process explorer, or using task manager:
  • Show processes from all users
  • Right click on the instance of svchost.exe in question and select 'Go to Services'
  • Stop the services one at a time until you identify the culprit.
You can do more with Process Explorer (available free from Microsoft), but that's a lot to digest in one post.