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Applications that consistently fail can adversely affect your computer's performance and productivity. It may be time to use the Windows 10 reliability monitor.

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In an attempt to simplify the life of the common user, Microsoft Windows 10 does an exemplary job of hiding certain minor problems such as random application failures and closing errors. When these problems occur, the Windows operating system solves the problems of a solution and then resolves the problem. Most of the time, the user remains completely unaware that a problem occurred.

While this "ignorance is happiness" approach may be acceptable to many users, applications that constantly fail or that other systems fail can negatively affect the performance of your PC and, ultimately, your overall productivity. If you have noticed an unexplained drop in your computer's performance recently and want to do something about it, it may be time to assess how reliable your PC has been in recent weeks.

This tutorial shows you how to use the Windows 10 built-in reliability monitor to evaluate the overall performance of your PC and discover which applications have been causing systemic problems recently.

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How to view the reliability and history of your computer's problems in Windows 10

The Windows 10 reliability monitor is buried in the Full Control Panel of configuration settings, which makes it a bit difficult to search through the selection menu. The best way to load the reliability monitor is by typing "reliability monitor" in the Windows 10 desktop search box and selecting the appropriate item from the results list. The application should look like Figure A .

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Figure A

The Windows 10 reliability monitor screen consists of three distinct areas: each area provides specific information in a timeline that describes the events that took place during the last two weeks. The start of the timeline can be moved to an earlier date, if desired.

The line chart in the upper area, highlighted in Figure B shows a composite stability index for your PC on a scale of 1 to 10. The closer the line is to 10 during any period , best. As you can see, my PC seems to be having a small problem every week or so, which reduces the value of the index from about 9 to about 7. That justifies at least some research.

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Clicking on the dates shown in the grid will provide more detailed information on which applications failed. This information is shown in the third area of ​​the reliability monitor, highlighted in Figure D .

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Most application failures registered by my PC deal with minor applications running in the background. The only warning on the grid represents a failed update of Windows 10, which is often solved with a computer restart, so it is not a concern. There was a premature shutdown in one day, which can be attributed to the accelerated shutdown sequence that I implemented for an earlier Windows 10 tutorial.

The fault pattern tracked by the Windows 10 reliability monitor can be used to evaluate how Stable is your PC is during a specific period; It can also reveal behavior patterns that could affect your productivity. Perhaps a particular application is behaving badly on a regular basis, causing a problem that might suggest that it is time to purchase some updated software.

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