Windows may be the most popular desktop operating system in the world, but as with many operating systems, there are some parts of it you may not know how to use. Some tools can just be downright daunting to use but these five Windows tools can change the way your machine works. It's worth using them to find out more about your machine and optimise it.
1. System Information
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > System Information
System Information will show you detailed system summary, including hardware, driver information, and network settings. It will become particularly useful when you will have to reinstall a driver or print a report of your setup for a technician.
2. Windows Memory Diagnostic
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Windows Memory Diagnostic
If an application fails to launch or your computer crashes often, the system may have a memory problem. Use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to scan the memory installed on your machine and fix existing issues as well as prevent them from returning in the future. The tool will ask you to reboot Windows as it runs the scan even before the system is loaded.
3. Event Viewer
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer
It may come to you as a surprise, but Windows keeps track of everything what is going in the system. It is not your personal data, but detailed information concerning the software and hardware, such as driver failures, application crashes, or attempted security breaches. Events - because that is what Microsoft's named this useful log - can be viewed with the Event Viewer tool. You can use it to found out the cause of your problem or collect information for further investigation.
4. Performance Monitor
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Performance Monitor
Windows Task Manager is just one way to monitor performance of your Windows computer. For a more detailed look, you can fire up Performance Monitor, a handy tool hidden in the Control Panel. Performance Monitor doesn't just tell you what produces the highest CPU load and which application uses the most storage space, but also allows you to isolate any performance issues.
5. Task Scheduler
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler
The last application we've decided to feature in this list will rather improve your workflow, rather than fix a factual problem. Task Scheduler is a powerful tool designed to allow the computer to automatically perform various tasks at specified time. For example, you can make it launch the PowerPoint app as soon as the system loads, or run a complete memory scan every Friday.
If you know any other useful Windows tools, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the list.