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How to Find Out What is Causing Problems on Your Windows 7 PC

Are you experiencing problems on your PC such as hangs or crashes? Here is one possible way to see what is causing the trouble. Take a look at the Reliability Monitor that comes with Windows 7. For example, if you have had a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crash, you may not have gotten a chance to record the error messages. But you can retrieve the data from a BSOD in the Reliability Monitor history. It also can help you find out if a particular application has issues. It displays a timeline for various system events and divides them into failures, warnings and information.

To open Reliability Monitor

  1. Open the Action Center (see how at this link )
  2. Click “Maintenance” to expand the menu
  3. Under “Check for solutions to problems reports”, click “View reliability history”
  4. A report covering a selected period of time like the one in the figure below will open

An alternate way to open Reliability Monitor is the following:

  1. Type “reliability” or just “rel” in the Start search bar
  2. Click “View reliability history”
  3. A report will open

Click a date for more information about a reported event. In the figure below, the date 7/25/12 (shown by the colored bar) has been selected. Two events on that date were logged and are listed in the bottom panel.

Reliability monitor for Windows 7

Go to this Microsoft link for more information on how to use Reliability Monitor for troubleshooting or see this link

Reliability Monitor also comes with Vista. 

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