However well specced your computer may be, you will undoubtedly find that it gradually slows down over time or starts to perform erratically. It is likely that this comes as a result of running out of system resources and it can be very helpful to keep an eye on just want is using up your memory and processor time.
Windows includes the Task Manager which can be used to check which programs and processes are running as well as seeing how much memory they are using up. Kiwi Application Monitor is a more advanced alternative that provides you with a far greater level of detail and additional options.
There are a number of ways to improve the performance of your computer, and one of these is to stay in control of the programs and processes that are running at any given time. Windows includes the Task Manager which includes fairly basic options for closing applications, monitoring system performance and keeping an eye on services.
If you are a power user, you will no doubt have found that Task Manager is a little on the basic side and if you are looking for greater control over your computer, Task Manager DeLuxe is a free alternative that not only provides you with more information and remains easier to use.