Vista's Reliability Monitor in year 1970

By Jerome at January 30, 2007 17:56 Tags:

Vista's new reliability monitor is kind of great when you want check on your computer's overall performance. You get an index from 0 to 10 giving an overall performance rating of the system, which seems to be pretty accurate for what I can tell so far. It tracks hardware failures, software failures, windows failures, software (un)installs and some other failures, then gives you an index based on that info.

Actually, on a developer machine, this is a little biaised because any exception you raise from any of your program ends up lowering the index. That should invite you not to let unhandled exceptions exiting your programs... :)

Anyway, a few days ago, I went to look at that index and found that the only history I had was on the 01/01/1970... Rings any bell ? :)

Well, if you ever encounter this particular problem in case vista's not detecting that by itself and resets its database, just go there :

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\RAC

and remove the two directories that should be there. The Reliability monitor should detect it and restart just fine.

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My name is Jerome Laban, I am a Software Architect, C# MVP and .NET enthustiast from Montréal, QC. You will find my blog on this site, where I'm adding my thoughts on current events, or the things I'm working on, such as the Remote Control for Windows Phone.