Where is Resource Meter?

Question

Your tip of the week talks about a Resource Meter. Did what you said and I have no choice of Resource Meter under System Tools. Where is it?

Answer

This question was answered on November 6, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You start the System Resource Meter (Rsrcmtr.exe) tool, and then view: user, Graphics Device Interface (GDI), and system resources.

If not found simply install it as follows:

To Install the System Resource Meter Tool

1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs, click Windows Setup, and then double-click System Tools.

3. Click System Resource Meter, click OK, and then click OK.

How to Use the System Resource Meter Tool

You can use the System Resource Meter tool by using either of the following methods:

• Click Start, click Run, type: rsrcmtr.exe, and then click OK.

• Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Resource Meter.

When you run the System Resource Meter tool, an icon is placed in the system tray You can double-click the icon to open a window that displays the percentage of free resources for the system, user, and GDI resources Record the amount of available system resources that you have before you start a program, and then record the amount of available resources while you are running the program Then, record the amount of the available resources after you close the program If you open a program and it consumes system resources that change the color of your system tray icon to yellow or red, the program is consuming a high percentage of your system resources You can attempt to run your computer in a clean-boot operation, run the System Resource Meter tool, and then run that particular program to determine if it is that program or if it is a combination of programs running on your computer that create this problem.

For additional information about how to clean boot your computer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

267288 How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows Millennium Edition

192926 How to Perform Clean-Boot Troubleshooting for Windows 98

Fixing the Issue

This tool is designed for you to view available resources while you are running various programs If you identify programs that are not releasing resources when the program is closed, you need to contact the manufacturer of that program to determine if there is a fix

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 6, 2004