Reliability Monitor is an advanced tool that measures hardware and software problems and other changes to your computer. It provides a stability index that ranges from 1 (the least stable) to 10 (the most stable). You can use the index to help evaluate the reliability of your computer. Any change you make to your computer or problem that occurs on your computer affects the stability index. Reliability monitor tracks five different categories of information, namely:
Application failures: Tracks application failures or errors (e.g., “MS Outlook … stopped working”)
Windows failures: Tracks OS failures or errors (e.g., “Windows hardware error”)
Miscellaneous failures: Tracks other failures or errors, typically peripherals (e.g., “Disk failure”)
Warnings: Tracks failures or errors that don’t necessary impact system behavior (e.g., “Unsuccessful driver installation”)
Information: Tracks system changes and updates (e.g., “Successful Windows Update” and “Successful driver installation”)
The Reliability Monitor is intended for advanced computer users, such as software developers and network administrators.
- Open Action Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under System and Security, clicking Review your computer’s status.
- Click Maintenance. Then, under Check for solutions to problem reports, click View reliability history.
- In Reliability Monitor, you can:
- Click any event on the graph to view its details.
- Click Days or Weeks to view the stability index over a specific period of time.
- Click items in the Action column to view more information about each event.
- Click View all problem reports that have occurred on your computer. This view doesn’t include the other computer events that show up in Reliability Monitor, such as events about software installation.