Glint - free Windows system activity monitor

Glint monitor shows system activity by making visible system performance counters in local or remote Windows PC.

The program goal is to provide an overall dynamic picture of current system status. Detailed information on system performance can be collected and analyzed with advanced monitoring tools like Process Explorer and Microsoft Performance Monitor.

The utility displays up to 200 indicators, each showing data from a single system performance counter. Recent counter values can be also shown as graphs. The monitor also displays the most active processes in system in descending CPU activity order. System counter names and their last values are shown in tool tips, when hovering mouse cursor over the indicators. View modes can be switched by simply pressing keyboard keys or by using Settings Dialog, that also allows to select available Windows system counters and tune their display modes. For convenience Glint provides several standard display schemes with most common counters on Windows XP and 7 systems. User can change these schemes or create more custom display schemes.

The program does not require installation. Simply unzip it into any directory and run. Press F1 for quick Help, right mouse button for menu or 'S' to view/change settings.

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 with 450K free space on hard drive.

Last version 1.28 build 1044. Modified at 05/05/2010 00:50 a.m.

Download ZIP file with version 1.28 build 1044 (211 KB)

The source code of the tool is located here:


Mini-bar monitoring lights view.

Column bars view.

Graphs View on remote computer.

Glint predecessor.

History of modifications

Troubleshooting notes:

(1) System Performance counters in Registry must be available to the program for reading. In case of doubt run Microsoft Performance monitor and if it gives error messages, run command: LODCTR /R in command line window in Administrator mode to restore system counters.

(2) If some counters are not displaying (greyed or missing in Settings dialog), check their availability by command: LODCTR /Q

If they are disabled, enable them by command: LODCTR /E<service name>

(3) If remote computer performance counters are not available, check that Remote Registry Service is running on the remote computer.


The program is distributed AS IS, without any charge, warranty or liability.

Author: Alexander Vechersky © 2001-2010