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    System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1

    System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1
    How to Generate and View a System Health Report in Windows 8.1
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    How to Generate and View a System Health Report in Windows 8.1


    information   Information
    A System Diagnostics Report, also called a System Health Report, details the status of local hardware resources, system response times, and processes on the local computer along with system information and configuration data. This report includes suggestions for ways to maximize performance and streamline system operations. You can use this information to help track down any errors that may occur within your software or hardware.

    This tutorial will show you how to view and generate a system health report in Windows 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    When the report is generated, you will see a list of: the status of any critical components on the computer, whether or not the problem has been detected, and any possible solutions you can try. This can be a very useful tool for troubleshooting problems and for a great source of information on your system.

    Each category shown in the System Diagnostics Report can be expanded by clicking on the button on the far right. Categories include:

    • Diagnostic Results - Shows you warnings for errors and basic system checks, and gives a resource overview of performance.
    • Software Configuration - Checks on the OS, Security Center, system services and data on start-up programs.
    • Hardware Configuration - Checks on the disks, system, desktop rating (Windows Experience Index), BIOS, devices, interactive session processes, logged on users and user accounts.
    • CPU - Includes checks and information on processor, CPU unit type, CPU interrupts, services and system.
    • Network - Includes checks and information on outbound and inbound traffic.
    • Disk - Includes checks and information on hot files (those causing the most disk IOs), disk breakdown, physical disk and NTFS performance.
    • Memory - Includes checks and information on process and counters.





    System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1
    To Generate a System Health Report in Windows 8.1

    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type perfmon, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. In the left pane of Performance Monitor, click/tap on Data Collector Sets to expand it, click/tap on System to expand it, right click on System Diagnostics, and click on Start. (see screenshot below)

    4. It will collect data for 60 seconds before the system diagnostics report will be ready to view in step 3 of OPTION TWO below.


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    System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1
    To View System Health Reports in Windows 8.1

    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type perfmon, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. In the left pane of Performance Monitor, click/tap on Reports to expand it, click/tap on System to expand it, click/tap on System Diagnostics to expand it, and click/tap on a listed dated report (ex: BRINK-PC_20140816-000001) that you want to view. (see screenshot below)

    Tip   Tip
    If you like, you can delete a system diagnostics report by right clicking on a listed report, click on Delete, and click on Yes to confirm.



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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Greece
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    A simple to follow tutorial, Shawn. Thank you.

    I decided to run the report after some challenges with Macrium Reflect (now resolved) where a couple of people suggested checking the health of my laptop. Although they suggested 3rd party tools I thought maybe the inbuilt one would be as good??

    I would like to say the results are all Greek to me, but I do actually read some Greek so maybe I should say they're all Chinese instead

    Anyway, a couple of things failed the hardware device and drivers check and I wondered if you could advise me what to do now to follow up on these please.

    The details from the report are below.

    Thank you,

    Maggi

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    Last edited by Brink; 22 Aug 2014 at 10:25. Reason: attached your uploaded image

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    Greece
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    When I previewed my previous post the report details were showing onscreen; when I saved the changes they have disappeared?? If you want me to give you the detail, can you please advise me how to either add an attachment successfully (I followed the guidance) or how to copy and paste into the post. Thanks.
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    Hello Maggi,

    No worries, you had just forgot to attach the image to your post from the paperclip icon again after uploading it like in step 10 and 11 in OPTION TWO below.

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    The screenshot doesn't let you know specific devices, but usually it would be driver related. You could check in Device Manager to see if any devices show having a problem that may be for these. Afterwards, install the latest drivers for the devices and motherboard chipset to see if that may help.
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    Greece
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    Thanks Shawn,

    To be honest it usually takes me a few minutes (and a look at a tutorial) to remember how to start a new thread so missing the important bit about adding an attachment isn't that surprising.

    I had a look in the Device Drivers folder but saw nothing untoward (not that I know quite what I would be looking for. I then ran the Dell System Checkup which suggested that all was okay.

    I had a look on the Dell site and there are a number of driver updates listed there. These cover things like BIOS (not so long since I flashed it when the camera stopped working), applications, chipset, audio, video etc. Should I install them all, and then start to check regularly to keep everything up to date?. I've never been quite sure what to do regarding drivers to be honest

    Maggi
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    If you're not having any issues from it, then I would worry about it.

    It's usually a good idea to check for newer driver versions for your devices every once in a while. They could provide bug fixes, performance tweaks, and sometimes new features for a device. I like to read the release notes of the newer driver version to see what changes have been made since the last version to see if it's worth installing or not.
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    Greece
    Posts : 341
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    Thanks again Shawn.

    I updated some of the drivers that were on my list from Dell, re-ran the perfmon report and now have no motherboard or plug and play device failures!

    A result
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    Great news.
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    I really appreciate these tutorials. Not just this one but the others as well. Very helpful
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Agata,

    I'm happy to hear that they have been helpful for you.
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