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Figure 1: Using the Reliability Monitor is the frst step when troubleshooting Windows 7
The Reliability Monitor displays what has happened on your computer or a ull calendar year since installation,in a day or week grid display. The displayed inormation is gathered and updated rom event logs and eventtrace data due to a scheduled task executed by the Task Scheduler every hour.
Take a look at what tasks are executing right now on your Windows 7 computer; open the Task Scheduler and review the Task Status display.
The inormation displayed includes Application ailures and Windows ailures, in addition to Warnings and perti-nent Inormation showing when drivers were last updated. The chart cannot be deleted by an end user.Ater selecting a component rom the chart, a summary o the reliability details is displayed; urther details canbe reviewed by clicking the link
all problem reports.
From this location, we can drill down and view technical details rom each report, fnding out, or, example, what executable or DLL fle is ailing as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Internet Explorer details shown in Problem Details
Using Device Manager
Although device manager has been around since Windows 95, it’s worth checking out the state o the installedhardware.
Because the computer hardware is very highly integrated, ater opening Device Manager rom