One of the great tools in Windows Vista is the Reliability and Performance Monitor tool. This tool gives us the ability to see what is installed when, when applications crash and hopefully put it all together to get a better picture of what went wrong and why. The screenshot below gives you and idea of my laptop.
I went into the tool tonight to see why my system had been misbehaving. I then found out that it had stopped logging information on the 29/4/2008. This means that I can’t see what the heck has been going on in the last few months that has caused my current problems. Ok – so why not?
Basically my Reliability Monitor has stopped working! Ok – first stop in any problem with a Windows machine these days is the event viewer. Opened it up and got the error below. “Event Viewer cannot open the event log or custom view. Verify that Event Log service is running. The data is invalid (13)”
I checked the application log and security log and they are fine – nothing wrong there.
Ok – so I decided to clear the event log. I then had to dig into the Task Scheduler to find the periodic task that runs to update the Reliability Monitor. It can be found only once you select “View Hidden Tasks” from the View menu. See the screen below for the location of the RACAgent. Right click and select Run.
Ok – once that is done, open up the Reliability and Performance Monitor tool again and it’s working once more!