How To Generate A Windows 10 Performance Test Report

Obtaining a report on how your computer is performing is very useful for troubleshooting. This tool is primarily used by IT support staff members and system administrators to gain a deeper understanding of a computer’s performance, but anyone can take advantage of it. Read on if you want to learn how to generate a Windows 10 Test Report.

You have the option to run a default system performance test, but it is also possible to create your own. This guide will help you do both.

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Generating a System Performance Test Report

run performance monitor
This is the pop-up that will appear when you press Windows key + R

To begin a test, you can simply press the Windows key and type ‘perfmon’ or press Windows key + R to open a run window where you can type the same thing.

Once the performance monitor is open, you will need to look to the left side and click on ‘Data Collector Sets’. You then need to expand the ‘System’ menu and right-click on ‘System Performance’. Then, select ‘Start’ from the menu that appears.

start system performance test

The test will then begin. After about 60 seconds, you can click on ‘Reports’, then ‘System’, and finally ‘System Performance’. This will open the report so you can analyze it.

viewing the system report
There are plenty of points to check, but unfortunately, nothing about the graphics card

If there is an obvious issue, you will probably find it in the ‘Summary’ section. This shows you which program is occupying the biggest percentage of your CPU, as well as other information such as which applications are using the most bandwidth, both downloading and uploading.

If you want a more detailed report on any of these, there are separate sections where you can see the full CPU, network, and disk reports which will help you gain a much deeper insight into which operations your PC is running.

Creating a Custom Performance Test

If you are knowledgeable about computer technology and understand exactly what you want to test your system for, this is the option for you.

Before generating a custom report, you need to create a custom data collector set so the system knows what to test for.

To do this, you will need to run the Performance Monitor tool again. Then, as in the previous section, you need to expand the ‘Data Collector Sets’. You then need to right-click on ‘User Defined’, choose the ‘New’ option, and then ‘Data Collector Set’.

run default system test

A window will appear where you will be asked to name your data collector set and whether you want to create it from a template or manually.

manual data set creation
It’s best to name your data set

Creating a set from a template doesn’t give you many options. If you choose to set it up manually, you will be provided with options to choose the data you want to be included.

You will then be asked to specify the performance counters you want to monitor.

specific performance counters

The next prompt will ask you which event trace providers you want to enable. If you’re unsure of what this is, feel free to leave it blank.

event trace providers

Before being asked to provide a save location for your report, you will have the option to add registry keys you want to monitor during the process.

With that, you have created a personalized data set.

To use your new set, click under the ‘User Defined’ options to see your newly created data set. Right-click it and select ‘Start’. You can let it run for as long as you want (although it’s best to give it at least a minute). Once you feel as though the performance has been thoroughly tested, right-click on your data set and select ‘Stop’.

You can analyze the test by simply clicking on ‘Reports’. However, you now need to click on ‘User Defined’, which will allow you to closely examine the report.

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Aleksandar Cosic
Aleksandar Cosic

Alex is a Computer Science student and a former game designer. That has enabled him to develop skills in critical thinking and fair analysis. As a CS student, Aleksandar has very in-depth technical knowledge about computers, and he also likes to stay current with new technologies.