How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC


Is your PC healthy? Or has it seemed a little under the weather lately? A little-known tool in Windows 7 can give you a report on what is ailing your system. It can also give you a wealth of information about what goes on in a perfectly healthy computer. It’s called the System Health Report. There are several ways to access it and here is one way to open it from the Control Panel:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click “System and Security”
  3. Under “System” select “Check the Windows Experience Index”
  4. In the left pane check “Advanced tools”
  5. On the Advanced Tools page, click “Generate A System Health Report” (requires administrative credentials)
  6. Resource And Performance Monitor opens and begins collecting data for at least 60 seconds. When it is finished, you will get a System Diagnostics Report similar to the graphic shown below

A considerably shorter way to generate a report is to use the Run box:

  1. Open the Run box with the keyboard combination Windows key+R
  2. Enter “perfmon /report” (without quotes)
  3. A report will be generated

As the example shown in the figure below  illustrates, a substantial variety of system information is reported. Each category shown in the figure can be expanded by clicking on the button on the far right. Try it and you will be surprised at how much information is there. Major problems are listed at the top under "Warnings". Other categories include:

  • 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.

Windows 7 System Diagnostics Report

Antivirus monitoring bug

The Windows 7 report does not always recognize that you have an antivirus program installed and working. It may report that you have no antivirus even when you do. Microsoft has a hot fix for this bug at this link.

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The first 2 and 3 are not the same for me on Windows 7 Ultimate and i can't get a report because i get an error saying "The system cannot find the path specified."
I've looked for a solution, but i can't find one, so if anyone has a solution, please tell me.

You should ask in the forum because this could require many comments to sort it out.

I don't remember any functional difference between the Control Panels in the various Windows 7 editions that might affect the instructions in this article. Maybe you cannot follow steps 2 and 3 because the defaults have been changed so the "System" icon (step 3) will be visible at step 2:

  • You have changed the Control Panel sort from the default of "Category" to either "Large Icons" or "Small Icons".
  • You have enabled the Ultimate Control Panel or God Mode as it is also called.

If it is neither of these reasons then what exactly does your control panel display? Again, you should respond by creating a topic in the forum.

Edit: I've just realised that you might mean the second set of numbered instructions. If you try to run the perfmon.exe program and it produces an error report saying "An error occured while attempting to generate this report" then either:

  • the file path for storing the log files is missing
  • the file path for storing the log files cannot be accessed

You can fix the first problem by creating the correct folders for the file path. On my Windows 10 system the correct path is "%systemdrive%\PerfLogs\System\Diagnostics" which is "C:\PerfLogs\System\Diagnostics" if "C:" is the system drive.

The following video shows a different path and how to fix it:

Another option is to run "perfmon.msc" instead of "perfmon /report":

  • Open a Run window (Windows Logo key+R)
  • Type "perfmon" and press Enter.
  • Click Data Collector Sets in the left pane
  • Click System in the right pane
  • Right-click System Diagnostics in the right pane and select Start.
  • When the diagnostic has finished, click on Reports in the left pane
  • Click on System in the right pane
  • Click on System Diagnostics in the left pane
  • Click on the name of your computer and the data will be collected.
  • Scroll down in the main pane and expand the Hardware Configuration drop down
  • Expand Desktop Rating drop down
  • Expand the + sign below Query
  • Finally expand the + sign below Returned Objects to display your WEI score.

If anyone is interested then this Microsoft support topic has more information e.g. for Windows 8. 

You are right, i will ask in the forum.
I do have Small icons in control panel, so that's why.

" Click Data Collector Sets in the left pane
Click System in the right pane
Right-click System Diagnostics in the right pane and select Start."
I get the same error.
I watched the video and i checked both folder paths and they are all there.