Analyzing Processor Activity

After memory consumption, processor activity is the most important thing to monitor in your system. A busy processor might be efficiently handling all the work on your computer, or it might be overwhelmed. Examine processor activity to tell the difference. Use performance counters and Microsoft ® Windows ®  2000 Resource Kit tools to measure processing activity and to determine how to improve performance if necessary.

In This Chapter

Overview of Processor Monitoring and Analysis

Establishing a Baseline for Processor Performance

Recognizing a Processor Bottleneck

Processes in a Bottleneck

Threads in a Bottleneck

Advanced Topic: Changing Thread Priority to Improve Performance

Eliminating a Processor Bottleneck