Fix: Resource Monitor not working in Windows

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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No matter which Windows version we’re talking about, if there’s one little tool that always made an impact, that must be Resource Monitor. Many users have relied on this nifty native monitoring tool to provide them with valuable system-related reports, and that seems to be the case in Windows 10, as well. However, that’s hard to do with various issues that affected Resource Monitor in Windows 10 lately.

Some users reported that there’s literally nothing visible on Monitor’s report dialog window, others were unable to access the reports page, while the third group, well, they weren’t able to start the Resource Monitor in the first place.

For that purpose, we prepared a list of possible solutions that should come in handy. Make sure to check them out below.

How to fix Resource Monitor not working in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Enable Transparency effects

In order to apply the adequate troubleshooting steps, you’ll need the reasonable explanation behind the problem. And sometimes is hard to wrap your head around the Windows issues, since those tend to be peculiar from time to time. Like the problem with the Resource Monitor complete transparency. Yes, you read that well. Users reported that the Resource Monitor dialog window is completely transparent and that they’re able to see the background wallpaper through it.

This lack of substance comes as a surprise, but there’s a simple way to address it. Namely, it seems that the Resource Monitor in Windows 10 (and earlier Windows iterations, too) is somehow dependant on Windows Aero settings. Meaning that, in order to resolve this problem, you’ll need to enable the Aero mode or Transparency. After that, you can switch back to classic mode, as it seems that the problem is resolved nonetheless.

Follow the instructions below to enable the transparency effects in Windows 10, and hopefully, fix the glassiness issue in Resource Monitor:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize.
  2. Under the left pane, select Colors.
  3. Under More Options, enable Transparency Effects.
  4. Start Resource Monitor and look for changes.

Solution 2 – Run Resource Monitor in Command Prompt

Now, let’s move to Resource Monitor issues that are more basic in nature and more common in appearance. More than a few users reported that they were unable to start the Resource Monitor. Or, even though the Resource Monitor started, it looked stuck and the ”Collecting Data” dialog box was on for ages but without any result. Users were unable to retrieve any results of older or temporary reports.

What seems to be the case is that the Resource Monitor indeed provides you with the timely reports, you’re just, for no apparent reason, unable to access them. In order to fix this, some users tried to run the Resource Monitor from Command Prompt or even the Run elevated command line. And, as you may guess, the Resource Monitor worked as intended.

Follow the instructions below to start the Windows Resource and Performance Monitor via Command Prompt:

  1. In the Windows Search bar, type cmd.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and run it as administrator.
  3. In the command line, type the following command and press Enter:
    • perfmon/report
  4. If the screen is still stuck after a minute or so, don’t worry. Move to additional steps.
  5. Get back to Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:
    • perfmon
  6. In the main Resource and Performance Monitor window, choose Reports.
  7. Open System > System Diagnostics.
  8. There you should be able to see all of your previous reports.

If this proved as an unfruitful solution, make sure to check the alternative ones below.

Solution 3 – Uninstall the latest update

Frequent mandatory updates in Windows 10 are there with the initial plan to improve the performance and provide minor fixes. However, some of them were considered initiators of various issues, including the one with Resource Monitor we’re addressing today.

In this case, what you’ll need to do is to remove the latest cumulative update and look for changes. If you can confirm the exact time the problem emerged, you can easily determine which update is behind this deed. Follow the instructions below to remove the culpable update from your PC:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Open Update & security.
  3. Choose Windows Update from the left pane.
  4. Now, on the right side, choose Update History.
  5. Click on Uninstall updates.
  6. Uninstall the troubling update.
  7. Restart your PC and give Resource Monitor another try.

Solution 4  – Rename the RtBackup folder

Finally, if none of the previous solutions provided a viable and permanent resolution, there’s still one workaround remaining. Now, even though it looks easy, this is a complex workaround that will take you some time. In addition, you’ll need a third-party tool that’s too often perceived as infamous for countless chances of causing critical system errors. We’re, of course, referring to Unlocker.

We’re also aware that this is a risky doing, but if you’re accustomed to using all the benefits of Resource Monitor, this might be the only way to get your grip on it again.

Follow the instructions below to rename the RtBackup folder and resolve the issue with Resource Monitor:

  1. Download and install the Unlocker by following this link.
  2. Follow this path:
    •  C:WindowsSystem32LogFilesWMI
  3. Right-click on the RtBackup folder and open the Unlocker from the contextual menu.
  4. Choose Rename as Action and click OK.
  5. Rename RtBackup to RtBackupOld and save changes.
  6. Restart your PC and try using Resource Monitor again.

After this, we advise you to watch your way around Unlocker. If misused, it can get you into a lot of trouble.

That should conclude it. In case you have a subject-related questions or suggestions, we’ll be glad to be hearing from you. You can post them in the comments section below.