9 October 2011

Make Your Own CPU Meter

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to making your own CPU Meter and become aware of every moment of your CPU performance. In other words you can find out what are your computer problems and are they software related or hardware related? Also you can see how much each running program occupied the CPU capacity.

To do this follows these steps: 

1. First by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete run the Task Manager, click on the Options Menu and enable Hide When Minimized and close the window.

2.  Go to the Start and enter the Search and search for taskmgr.exe (in the All Files and Folders). After finding it, right click on it and select Send to>Create Desktop Shortcut.

3. Go to the Desktop and right click on taskmgr icon, then select Properties, find Run (above Comments) and in the submenu (drop down list) choose Minimized and click on Apply.

In Windows 7 or Vista select Properties>Shortcut>Run and from the drop down menu click on Minimized.

4. Rename the shortcut name (taskmgr) to CPU Meter or whatever you like.

5. right click on shortcut and select Cut, right click on Start button and choose Open All Users, in Windows 7 or Vista go to Start>All programs>Startup>right click>Open All Users and right click and select Paste or simply press Ctrl+V. Just be sure to paste the shortcut in Startup folder.

6. Restart the system.

Now whenever you start your computer, a small green icon will be appeared in the System Tray and you can use it just by double clicking on it.For more details and more accurate information about the CPU, you can double click on the green icon and then under Performance, check all the cases, even about the RAM and Kernel Time. 

For viewing the time conflict with the Kernel, enable the Show Kernel Times in View menu, so in CPU Usage History, a red colored graph will be appear that shows the Kernel Time.