Just about every activity performed on your computer, can be viewed (to a certain degree) by various tools native to the Windows platform. Whether It's hard disk activity, network Information, Ram & CPU usage- It's either stored In real time, or a report can be generated. In this tutorial, I will show you how to generate a System Performance Report, that displays various details pertaining to the computer's activity.
To achieve this, I will be using a built-In tool named Performance Monitor, which Is a very powerful utility when used In the proper context. It's primarily designed to analyze hardware, software and services, thus If you're experiencing performance Issues, you can use the Information to help rectify the problem.
As you'll see further down this article, Performance Monitor also displays Network details, hence you can see both Inbound & Outbound traffic In the form of IP addresses and port numbers. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
To access Performance Monitor, open the Run menu, enter perfmon and hit OK.
Performance Monitor will now execute, so navigate to the following directory:
Data Collector Sets > System > System Performance.
Then right-click System Performance, and hit Start. The tool will now begin to generate the report.
Next, expand the following directories:
Reports > System > System Performance
On the right pane, you will see the date & time of your computer's report. In my case, I've generated two reports. Double-click on the entry as arrowed.
The System Performance Report will now be displayed, containing an array of Information about your computer, Inclusive of diagnostic results.
I've decided to checkout the Network option, namely the TCP Outbound Traffic report.
As you can see, It displays the IP addresses and Port numbers of all outbound traffic generated from my PC.
Although Performance Monitor Is (as It's name Implies) a monitoring tool designed to measure the performance of system hardware and software activity, as per the above step, you can also use It to see detailed Information of Internet usage. There's a lot more that Performance Monitor entails, however It's way beyond the scope of this article to document the lot.