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How to check your laptop’s performance

Using Task Manager, there are several ways to open Task Manager:
  • Right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard.
  • Use the Ctrl + Alt + Del shortcut and choose Task Manager.
  • Press the Windows key + X, then click Task Manager from the power-user menu.
  • If you see Task Manager in compact mode, click the More details button to access the advanced view.
Using Windows Security:
  • Open Windows Security by pressing the Windows key and typing “Windows Security” or navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security.
  • Click on Device performance & health (the tile with a heart icon).
  • Check the list for any yellow marks. Green marks indicate good performance, while yellow marks highlight areas that need attention.
  • If you see a yellow mark, click it to see Windows recommendations for improvement.
  • To troubleshoot further, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager. Go to the Performance tab to monitor CPU, memory, and graphics card usage. If any component consistently reaches 100%, consider closing unused applications or upgrading if necessary.
Using Performance Monitor:
Open Performance Monitor:
  • Press the Windows key, type “Performance Monitor,” and click the app in the search results.
  • Alternatively, use the Windows key + R shortcut, type “perfmon”, and hit OK.
  • Or, use the Windows key + X, select Computer Management, and click on Performance.
To assess real-time performance or view logs. Access Resource and Performance Monitor:
  • Open Run (Windows key + R) and type “perfmon”.
  • Go to Data Collector Sets > System.
  • Right-click System Performance and click Start to trigger a 60-second test.
  • After the test, view the results under Reports > System > System Performance
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