How to open the Resource Monitor in Windows

Updated: 01/05/2018 by Computer Hope

To open the Resource Monitor in any version of Windows that has it (Vista and later), proceed through the steps in either of the following sections.

Note: Resource Monitor is not the same thing as the Windows Task Manager.

Tip: Apple computer users can think of the Resource Monitor as the same thing as the Activity Monitor on macOS X.

From the Windows Task Manager

  1. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time and select Start Task Manager on the screen that appears.
  2. In the Task Manager, click on the Performance tab, and then either on the Resource Monitor button or Open Resource Monitor link depending on your version of Windows.

From the Windows desktop or Start Screen

  1. Press the Windows key on your computer's keyboard.
  2. Type in resmon.exe in the Windows Search Box (or, merely start typing if you use Windows 8) and press Enter.

Windows 8 Resource Monitor aka Resmon
Example of Resmon in Windows 8