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Is there someway to record Task Managers info about CPU and memory usage to examine later? Or an equivalent tool?

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  • Now in 2020, win10 Task Manager got [App history] tab showing seeming actual CPU time/cycle usage (whereas procexp CPU time column seems more like time since process start)
    – was
    Feb 7, 2021 at 5:31

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Windows Performance Monitor (perfmon) should do the job for you; you can configure it to log to a file, so just enable the counters you need and it'll log as much as you want.

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    Any chance you want to write up a more complete answer? Some steps to follow?
    – Buh Buh
    Oct 28, 2016 at 13:33
  • See answer below by @Matt (and upvote; he deserves it) May 19, 2019 at 6:49
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  • Start > Run > perfmon
  • Hit the plus sign next to Performance Logs and Alerts
  • Right click System Log and select properties.
  • Adjust the sampling times to whatever you like
  • When you are done, hit OK then the plus sign at the top of the window.

This page gives a pretty good step-by-step with screenshots

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    Your link was about MS SQL Performance Monitor? Oo
    – Bohne
    Apr 23, 2015 at 19:24
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    I don't see a "Performance Logs and Alerts" section on Windows 10.
    – Stevoisiak
    May 3, 2020 at 0:35
  • "Hit the plus sign next to Performance Logs and Alerts" Where is that?
    – endolith
    Jun 9, 2021 at 23:33
  • To collect the required Perfmon log data in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows 2012 and Windows Vista: Click Start > Run, enter perfmon.exe, and click OK. Go to the User Defined folder. Click New > Data Collector Set. Enter a name for your Data Collector Set. kb.vmware.com/s/article/2010970
    – endolith
    Jun 9, 2021 at 23:39
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I use PolyMon to monitor these kinds of things. You can define various "alert" conditions about which you'd like to receive notification, so I get notified if one of my servers is having a problem.

But it also stores all these results in a long term database, so I can look back at the memory usage of server "X" and see it's memory usage trends over the last N days/weeks/months/years.

http://polymon.codeplex.com/

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You may consider using a monitoring solution like zabbix, zenoss to collect and analyse your perf counters.

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Cacti is a great webv based graphing programme. It can graph CPU, memory, disk space, etc, etc. It can also be extended with your own plugins.

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Process Explorer will also show CPU history.

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Yes, perfmon ("Performance Monitor" in Control Panel)

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