Monitor the Operating Status of Your PC from the Desktop

Here is a no frills (no install) status monitor, called Desktop Info, that is useful if you are into monitoring the operating status of your PC (e.g. cpu usage, low disk space, network connectivity, memory usage, etc…). The status of your PC can be displayed on your desktop with little or no memory or cpu usage. For example, below is a screenshot from the desktop of my PC with Desktop Info running. When running, Desktop Info displays real-time information about the operation of your PC on your desktop with a transparent background. This app could be most useful if you are running numerous PCs (or server farm) to visually identify the operating status of your equipment.

Desktop Info

Once Desktop Info is running on your PC and displayed on the desktop, you can close it by right mouse clicking anywhere on top of the display info and by selecting quit on the menu. There are numerous options available to modify the output of information displayed by modifying the “ini” file that is in the same directory (or folder) as the application. I encourage you to read the file that is included to learn all that you can do with this little app.


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      1. Bit puzzled by the HHD/partition size/layout. Only one I am pretty sure of is D:\ being an OEM “recovery” partition..
        K.. here goes:
        Primary HHD (hard disk 0)= 500GB
        Secondary HHD (hard disk 1)= 1,000GB..

        (Folks, those links I included are links to Rick’s write ups on OpenDNS/WinPatrol. If you aren’t familiar with those items, click them won’t you?)


      2. The Primary is 456 GB with 148 GB free and the other drives you are seeing are the externals I have setup. The graphic I put up really does no justice for the app. You are very smart in detecting that D:\ is the OEM recovery partition. Only a good tech would know that.

        Speaking of good techs, folks check out Aplus Computer Aid for all of your PC and Networking issues.


  1. Good amount of details. Myself I use Samurize with own very compact config (blends with window title area on top of screen).

    This reminds me I should add more info to it. 🙂 Making own configs for info tools is fine but takes time as well.

    As portable I often use TinyResMeter – easier to manage what you want to see and still powerful enough to who important stuff.


  2. Rarst,

    The monitoring apps you have mentioned are very good. I just came across Desktop Info. I’m hoping the developer continues to move forward with this app.

    Thanks for dropping by.



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