What is the point of having a CPU meter gadget? Do people really find use for this gadget or is it just one more additive that Windows should have avoided while trying to promote its Vista brand? Well, there is not a straight forward yes or no answer to this question.
The concept different strokes for different folks can be applied here as it all depends on the user and how much tasks he / she is doing on the system. For those persons who are constantly on their computers, doing a million tasks at once, constantly using up their RAM and CPU capacity, then this gadget would prove very beneficial. As with manyventions in life, the CPU gadget was brought about to make our lives easier, so why not take advantage of it?
The indispensable purpose of this meter gadget is to determine how much of a computer's RAM and CPU are being used by the user where all in all, he or she would be able to tell when space is needed on their personal computer. As these handy gadgets are found on every Windows Vista Home and Premium system, they are not only easy and simple to read with the basic screen display (which displays usage in terms of percentage) but also are useful in tracking down causes of several problems on a PC such as when a browser or application freezes!
Now for those individuals who find that the CPU gadget their computer has is too simple and incapable of providing an effective live reading of all their processor cores to their liking, then acquiring more complex gadgets off the internet would be the answer. Please take note that these are accepted through free downloads and only on rare occasions will persons be selling these gadgets unless it is really sophisticated and 'divine'. Such complex meter gadgets show show individual core usage (such as eight core and quad core), core and system temperatures (to avoid the PC from over-heating) and RAM usage.
But when will a person need all these fanciness? Well, suppose you need to be constantly tracking your system's resources as you have a variety of programs open and they are multitasking for long hours daily, where even when you're not personally using your PC, these programs are still running; then the ability for your personal computer to withstand all of this will become a concern to you especially if there are signs of continuous slowness and cases where programs are freezing. The only solution to this problem would be to have a meter gadget, say the CPU meter gadget version 1.2.2 that supports multiple CPUs and displays each core results separately and accurately.
But then again, for those persons who use their personal computers in this regard and would prefer to have a simple CPU gadget such as the one all Vistas have and have no idea where to find it on your computer, then, locate the Windows side bar which is a little icon usually found on the right side of the Menu Bar (that has the start button) and click open where of the many gadgets shown, CPU meter will be one of them. Click and explore!