Counters are used to provide information as to how well the operating system or an application, service, or driver is performing. The counter data can help determine system bottlenecks and fine-tune system and application performance. The operating system, network, and devices provide counter data that an application can consume to provide users with a graphical view of how well the system is performing.
Use the Performance Counters API when you want to provide or consume counter data.
Performance Counters is designed for use by C and C++ developers.
For information about run-time requirements for a particular programming element, see the Requirements section of the reference page for that element.
For version history, see What's New.
In this section
|About Performance Counters
||General information about Performance Counters.
|Using Performance Counters
||Task-related topics that describe how to use Performance Counters.
|Performance Counters Reference
||Detailed descriptions of Performance Counters functions and other programming elements.