How to Analyze and Fix Windows 7 Problems Using the Reliability Monitor

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Reliability monitor is a tool in Windows which Microsoft started shipping with Windows Vista. It’s a toned down version of the Event Viewer, which we talked about in our shutdown time post. You can check application failures and other critical system errors, and also try to find the solutions to those problems using this tool.

It mainly monitors application failures, Windows failures, miscellaneous failures, warnings and information. In this article, we’ll see where to find reliability monitor in Windows 7, how to analyze problems related to various programs using its interface, and also, how to check for solutions.

Here are the steps.

1. Type Action Center in the windows search bar and press enter. You’ll also find it in your notification area ( the flag shaped icon ).

action center reliability monitor

2. In the action center window, you need to find Maintenance, and click on the small arrow beside it that’s pointing downwards.

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3. Under the maintenance panel, you’ll find a link that says View reliability history. Click on it.

view reliability history

4. It might take some time to generate the reliability report.

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5. Once the reliability monitor window shows up, you can see a graph showing application failures and Windows failures, by days and weeks.

See the red cross marks on the graph in the screenshot below? That’s when a critical event occurred ( or something in your computer stopped working. )

problem reports

6. You can pinpoint the exact error or the application that stopped working by clicking on that icon with the red cross mark. In the example below, it was Pidgin, the instant messaging tool, that stopped working on my PC on 4th of this month.

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7. If I double click on the event, I get a new window with a detailed analysis including the .dll file that caused the problem and other fault modules.

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8. The good thing here is that if there is a solution available for that error, Windows can check for it automatically and let you know. There should be a Check for a solution link at the end of rows showing critical errors. You can click on it to fix the error.

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9. There are options to save reliability history, view all problem reports and check for solutions to all problems at the bottom of the reliability monitor reports window. You might want to make use of them too.

view all problem reports

Overall, Reliability Monitor isn’t something you’ll need to check every day, but, in case of an application or a system crash, this tool could come in handy. You could isolate the .dll file that caused the problem and also quickly check for a solution.

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  • http://www.shanepurnell.com Shane

    Great post. Very well documented and clearly presented. I have been having a shutdown issue on my Win7 machine and will use the Reliability Monitor to help me find the cause.

    • Abhijeet

      Glad it helped Shane.

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  • John Hawkins

    Like shane said very easy to follow. I am have a few problems with my computers. I followed your instuctions and sure enough all the times i had problems were clearly shown. Every time i clicked “find solution” all i got was “When solutions are available they will appear in Action Center. Not a lot of help
    J Hawkins

  • http://xpdrivers.com/motherboard/_1_13.cfm JMontes

    this makes may life easier as an IT.
    great share, thanks!

    • Abhijeet

      Glad you liked it JMontes. :)

  • husker

    great article, thanks for sharing this!!

    • Abhijeet

      Glad you liked it husker.