How to Check the Health of Your Windows 10 PC (And Keep It in Shape)

MakeUseOf | 9/25/2018 | Joe Keeley
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Just like you look after your own well-being, it’s important to take care of your Windows 10 computer. The best way to determine your computer’s health is by running different reports, such as the ones generated by Windows Defender and Performance Monitor.

Here’s how you can use these reports to know how your hardware is performing, along with some tips and resolutions for specific issues that may need fixing. Have additional advice of your own? Share it with us in the comments!

Overview - System - Health - Windows - Defender

If you want a quick, user-friendly overview of your system health, Windows Defender can provide it. To launch the program, do a system search for Windows Defender Security Center and click the relevant result.

Once opened, click Device performance & health from the options. The Health report section is split into different areas, flagging any issues and what the resolution is. Windows Defender scans periodically in the background, as shown by the Last scan date, so there’s no need to manually run this.

Windows - Update - Operating - System - Date

Windows Update lets you know if your operating system is up to date, which it usually will be thanks to automatic updates. If it isn’t, you’ll be alerted to specific issues that might be causing it.

Storage capacity checks if your system has enough space to update Windows, and how to clear it out if not.

Device - Driver - Drivers - Updates

Device driver analyses your drivers to see if they’re performing correctly and if there are any recommended updates.

Battery life analyses your brightness level and sleep settings and will recommend action to enhance battery life.

Performance - Monitor - Utility - Windows - Way

The Performance Monitor utility comes with Windows 10 and is a great way to view system performance and find out how to resolve issues.

To get started, press Windows key + R to open Run, input perfmon, and Performance Monitor will open.

Reports - Diagnostics - Performance - First

The reports are split into Diagnostics and Performance. First ,you’ll need to...
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