Get to the bottom of Windows crashes with Reliability Monitor


Woody Leonhard

I get a lot of questions about useful Windows 10 utilities. One of my favorites is also one that I don’t see mentioned nearly often enough: Reliability Monitor.

RelMon (as it’s known in some circles) is a useful tool that can help pinpoint problems that you can only vaguely identify. Say your computer suddenly starts getting messages saying “Your PC Ran into a Problem that It Couldn’t Handle” and now “It Needs to Restart.” You know for sure that your PC didn’t have those problems last week. But something happened in the past few days, and now, suddenly, Windows encounters more problems than three-headed mouse in a maze.

Windows watches all, knows all, sees all — and keeps notes. Windows Events, as they’re called, get stored in a giant database, and you can look into that database with the Event Viewer. I’ll talk about the Event Viewer — another Windows utility that hasn’t changed much since the Win7 days — in a future column.

One specific subset of the events gets collected into a Reliability Monitor report that you can understand at a glance. It’s important to realize that the Reliability Monitor is a customized reporting tool for your system’s underlying events.