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I am looking for a way to output CPU usage percentage via the command line. I ran across this: wmic cpu get loadpercentage which gives me the desired percentage output however I want to test the CPU usage while running a certain command. Anyone have any idea? I tried doing it in a batch file but then realized that at the point i run wmic cpu get loadpercentage the CPU usage is no longer portraying the usage of the previous command. Ideally what I am looking for is something like this:

C:\> command xyz [ftp file.blah]

and then the file is uploaded correctly but the output is a percentage indicative of the CPU usage during the process. Not sure if I'm making myself clear. Hopefully something like this exists out there. Thanks in advance!

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What version of windows? XP/7? Server? Do you have access to powershell? – AliGibbs Mar 28 '12 at 13:31
@AliGibbs Windows Server 2008 and Vista and yes I have access to powershell – hanleyhansen Mar 28 '12 at 13:56

First of all, I knew about WMI - Windows Management Instrumentation - but I must admit I did NOT know about WMIC - WMI Command-Line :)

I have found the following blog post that I think helps here:

Rich's Blog - Get Process CPU Usage Using WMI

In that blog post, the author uses the Win32_PerfFormattedData_PerfProc_Process class to get the CPU usage of a process (in several ways).

For instance, if the name of the running process is "iexplore" (Internet Explorer) then you would run:

wmic path win32_perfformatteddata_perfproc_process where (Name=iexplore) get Name, Caption, PercentProcessorTime, IDProcess /format:list

Maybe you can do the following: have one open "Command Prompt" window where you run the "ftp command" and have another "Command Prompt" window where you run the wmic path win32_perfformatteddata_perfproc_processquery.

I hope this helps.

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That would help but i need to do this 100s of times so it needs to be automated somehow. – hanleyhansen Mar 28 '12 at 14:06
Very helpfull, Thank you very much. +10 for /format:list – Chandra Nakka Jul 10 '14 at 7:15

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