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Occasionally I come across servers (Windows 2003 and 2008) with high processor % interrupt time. Is there a way to see what program or device is causing the interrupts?

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If you can handle low-level system tools;

Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA)

Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA) is a set of performance monitoring tools used to produce in-depth performance profiles of Microsoft Windows operating systems and applications.

After you learn how to use xperf; check out;

The DPC/ISR Action

The DPC/ISR action produces a text report that summarizes the various metrics regarding DPCs and ISRs. The usage for this action is:

Copy Code -a dpcisr [-dpc -isr -summary -interval [n] -bucket [n] -range T1 T2 ]




Show statistics for DPC only


Show statistics for ISR only


Show summary report

interval [dt]

Show usage report for intervals of dt, default is 1 second

bucket [dt]

Show histogram for intervals of dt, default is 2 seconds

range T1 T2

Show delays between T1 and T2

If no data type is specified, default is to show report for both DPC

and ISR. If no report type is specified, default is to print all three kinds of report.

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Have a look at the Windows Process Explorer:


That should help.

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Process Explorer shows how much processor time is spent serving interrupts, but it doesn't, as far as I can tell, provide a way of determining what is causing the interrupts. –  jlupolt Jan 19 '10 at 18:23
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Here's the best article I've found on how to do this, with tutorials, screenshots, and download links to the relevant tools:


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