If you ever had a system that was running a bit slow you might have thought about simply adding more ram to it, however that is not always the fix. Using some tools like process explorer and task manager can help you determine if your performance issue is due to lack of RAM, or another issue.
Sometimes your system can be running slow for another reason altogether, such as failing hardware, or a run away process in the background. Using the right tool might just save you some time and trouble of isolating the real problem.
You can download Process explorer for free at:
I personally use this utility alot when I work on a client's computer and they are concerned about performance. I can see if the system is spending too much time on hardware, if it's a lack of memory, or if the CPU is simply just overloaded.
Watch my video on how to use process explorer and Task manager:
Last Updated: 09/23/2009 06:15 AM