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I am hoping to find a way to do more performance monitoring--specifically, I hope that monitoring disk activity on a per-process basis will help me decide which programs are causing the most trouble (aside from the AV). I'd rather avoid a shotgun approach.

For windows XP, is there a process monitor that can give me a solid idea of which processes are slowing me down by causing the most page faults, etc? Thanks!

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superuser.com/questions/175365/… –  quickcel Aug 30 '10 at 15:37
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Perhaps enabling the I/O reads and writes in the task manager (ctrl+shift+esc). When looking at the processes in task manager select View then Select Columns. Look for the I/O read optiona nd I/O write option and click them.

This is what I get:

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Thanks! This is just what I needed. I ended up using Page Faults and PF Delta, for the most part. –  K Robinson Apr 15 at 20:53
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See this article for how to track down disk hogging processes in XP

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5031852.html

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I like the freeware Process Explorer. It provides a bit more detail than the Windows Task Manager, including per-process I/O graphs. Great for immediately spotting processes doing a lot of disk I/O.

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