Windows 8 - Tools for Power Users

System Performance Assessment with Windows ADK

System Performance Assessment with Windows ADK

So we touched on managing applications and processes with the new task manager and using the new system refresh/reset function to restore your PC to a pristine state in a matter of minutes as opposed to hours.

The last tool is an add-on to the Windows OS that you can install and it’s called the Window Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). While the name implies it is more of a tool for IT professionals to assess system compatibility and deployment of new Windows operating system, it has a few gems of its own. Some of the new assessment tools can be quite useful for even power users without resorting to conventional benchmarking applications. We’ll show you a handful of screenshots to show you what we mean:-

The Windows ADK has a number of useful test suites to check and assess various performance aspects. Seen here are system boot/shutdown related sub-tests.

You can run multiple tests and save the outcome in a results log for comparison and tracking. In this particular example, the secondary battery test run resulted in big disparity as opposed to the initial run. The tool also noted many more issues that could be contributing to the reduced battery life.

Drilling down on the issues list, Windows ADK listed these possibilities.

Expanding the options, you get more details on why the tool flagged these issues out. In this example, the tool found a number of active processes sapping on the notebook’s battery and thus reducing overall battery life assessment tests seen earlier.

With these advancements, we reckon that the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit would be a useful component for many power users along with more accustomed utilities. The edition compatible with the Windows 8 Release Preview can be found here and it was just recently updated.