I have a Windows 8 PC. Am testing different types of softwares like WinRAR, 7-ZIP, media converters, antiviruses etc. As part of the testing I need to know how much RAM and CPU is used by each application. Currently I use Task Manager to view the CPU and RAM usage. I need to know whether there is some application that shows the amount of CPU and RAM used.

  1. It should be free and light weight.
  2. It should provide graphical and numerical display according to usage.
  3. Primarily I need to view CPU and RAM usage only, but additional features like Disk usage, Processor Core details are also acceptable.
  4. In Windows 7 there was a widget to know CPU and RAM usage. So I prefer an application that looks like this widget. The application should use only a limited area of display. Also this application should run all the time.

Can anyone suggest a good application ?

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    Have you checked Sysinternals? They got lots of free utilities.
    – rrirower
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 17:42
  • @rrirower It is not what am looking for. Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 2:03
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    @ManuJacob Could you expand upon what Sysinternals doesn't do that you want? That could be useful in narrowing down what software would meet your needs.
    – user46
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 14:55
  • @Undo Which of the Sysinternal do that I want ? Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 17:01
  • @ManuJacob I hope I helped. Gadgets is a really useful aspect, it was ignored in latter versions of windows but we can still use them Commented Nov 13, 2014 at 10:49

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Since you wish to use it as a widget/gadget I found this website which helps you run gadgets on windows 8. enter image description here

I narrowed the huge list of available gadgets to a list of the ones you might need given your specs:

  1. All CPU Meter - AddGadgets.com
  2. Control System - AddGadgets.com CPU
  3. Meter - Microsoft DriveInfo - Kris Thompson
  4. Drives Monitor - Igor M.
  5. Bushin Drives Meter - AddGadgets.com
  6. Glassy CPU Monitor - Helmut
  7. Buhler Glassy Network Monitor - Helmut Buhler
  8. GPU Meter - AddGadgets.com
  9. Multi Meter - SFkilla
  10. Network Meter - AddGadgets.com
  11. Network Monitor II - Igor M. Bushin
  12. Power Status - Orbmu2k Remove
  13. System Monitor II - Igor M. Bushin Top
  14. Process Monitor - Igor M. Bushin

**Edit Oh, and it's free


According to your requirement the best tool that I can recommend for you to use is Resource Monitor in windows operating system,because its great way to find out about the resources your system uses and to see what applications and services are making the most use of your system.you can refer the screenshot in the Overview tab. It shows a snapshot of your system's resource usage, including CPU use, disk use, network use and memory use.

Type resmon at the Start screen and then click the resmon.exe icon

Resource Monitor

  • Is it possible to use it as a widget ? Commented Nov 13, 2014 at 6:41
  • @ManuJacob This cannot be used as a widget,and based on your question you cannot expect any detailed view on a widget this is why I suggested this
    – Heisenberg
    Commented Nov 13, 2014 at 6:48

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