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Windows 8.1 All-in-One For Dummies by Woody Leonhard

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Chapter 4: Monitoring Windows

In This Chapter

arrow.png Watching Windows with the built-in tools

arrow.png Finding and fixing problems

arrow.png Viewing connections

arrow.png Working with the Event Viewer

arrow.png Tracking reliability over time

Windows 8.1 ships with a tremendous array of tools designed to help you look at your system and warn you if something’s wrong.

tip.eps Windows 8 included a rag-tag, system performance benchmarking routine known as the Windows Experience Index. I used to use WEI all the time as a quick way to check PCs in shops to see which ones were great and which merely mediocre: It wasn’t the best test, but it was good enough for quick comparisons, and every Windows PC had a copy.

Microsoft dropped the WEI in Windows 8.1. One of its biggest motivations: The original Surface Pro — Microsoft’s flagship Windows machine — scored a meager 5.9 on a scale from 1 to 9.9, which put it below just about any laptop or desktop ...

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