Using Reliability Monitor

by Barry Dysert
(last updated March 10, 2014)

The Reliability Monitor is built into Windows Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. The goal of Reliability Monitor is to provide some indication of how stable your system is as related to hardware and software problems. This is done by providing a stability index ranging from 1 (least stable) to 10 (most stable).

To use Reliability Monitor, go to Start | Control Panel, and click the Review Your Computer's Status link under the System and Security group. In the resulting screen click the Maintenance link. Windows displays the Action Center area of the Control Panel. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. You access the Reliability Monitor through the Action Center.

Click on View Reliability History link. Windows displays the Reliability Monitor. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The Reliability Monitor.

The chart is basically broken into two horizontal sections. The top section is a graph that denotes the stability index for that day. (Apparently my system is not that stable!) The bottom section shows icons for any of the following: Application failures, Windows failures, Miscellaneous failures, Warnings, and Information.

Since the date 2/11/2014 had some interesting stuff going on, I'll click on that column and look at the reliability details, which Windows displays in a graph. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Reliability details for 2/11/2014.

As you can see, I had a couple of applications that stopped responding, a warning that the Java update was unsuccessful, and a couple of information messages about updates. You can view more details about each event by clicking the "View technical details" link under the Action column, and you can save the reliability history, view all problem reports, and check for solutions to all problems by clicking the appropriate links. Oh, and if it's any consolation, I don't think I've ever seen my stability index hit a 10!

 This tip (13000) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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