If you're a regular reader of these pages then you'll know that I love utilities which let you monitor the state of a PC. You know the sort of thing: processor utilization, disk space, free RAM, and so on. It's a great way to ensure that your PC is running smoothly, and it's also a useful method of troubleshooting a friend or colleague's PC if they're having unspecified problems with it.
As it happens, Windows has a perfectly good monitoring system built in. It's called WMI, or Windows Management Instrumentation. All the data you could ever want is recorded, so all you need is a program to interrogate the OS and display it. Trouble is, the free tools (such as Perfmon, which is bundled with Windows) are difficult to use, and some of the more user-friendly tools are huge and complicated.
Which is why I was so pleased to stumble across something recently called Glint. It's a program which displays real-time WMI data in a simple-to-understand format. You can choose from bars or graphs, as you can see from the screen shots below. You can choose from hundreds of WMI counters to display, and you can pick your own labels for each one if you don't like the defaults. You can even monitor remote computers across your network.
Here's the best bit. Glint is tiny (less than 0.5 MB), portable, and free. And it works on everything from Windows 2000 to Windows 8, even though it's not been updated since 2010. And according to VirusTotal it's malware-free too. What more could you ask for?
Get yours from https://sites.google.com/site/glintutility/ today. And yes, I know the web site says it supports Windows up to version 7. It definitely works on Win8 too, as I tried it.
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