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Use PowerShell to monitor CPU utilization

You can use this simple command to query CPU utilization of local/remote machine with PowerShell. This is really useful for troubleshooting issues. Enjoy…

Get-Counter -ComputerName "RemotePC" '\Processor(*)\% Processor Time' -Continuous -SampleInterval 5

This queries remote computer CPU usage for every 5 seconds continously.

If you want to query the local computer CPU utilization, simply use below command.

Get-Counter '\Processor(*)\% Processor Time' -Continuous -SampleInterval 5

Hope you liked it.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • AKP May 29, 2011, 6:44 pm

    Hi Techibee,

    Thank you for your script. But
    I have a problem while implementing this script, let me know how to start:

    I want to get an alert if CPU usage is over 85% and stay for more then 2 min continuous then alert via email. Pl send me some power shell script for this issue.


  • Sitaram Pamarthi May 31, 2011, 10:44 pm
  • Rob Seymour August 2, 2011, 7:10 pm


    This is a lovely little script, but how can I return the statistics for the individual processes that are consuming the CPU resources? It is great to know that the overall CPU usage is 95% but to know that SQL server is using 85% of that would be really helpful for troubleshooting.

    I know this is an old thread but can you help out here?



  • gerby March 7, 2012, 11:51 pm

    no worky…

    • Sitaram Pamarthi March 12, 2012, 10:30 pm

      @gerby, I see that you commented on two posts in this blog saying the solution is “not working”. That is very generic statement and I request you to post the exact error message you are seeing. That helps me to comment better.

  • KrishnaV September 20, 2012, 8:03 am

    Could you please provide powershall command for finding list of users utilizing using high cpu

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  • Greg Bray April 2, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Looks like the slashes in the script were removed. It should be: ‘\Processor(*)\% Processor Time’ not ‘Processor(*)% Processor Time’

    • Sitaram Pamarthi April 3, 2014, 8:14 pm

      Thanks for Highlighting that Greg. I corrected the formatting.

  • derek June 30, 2014, 7:54 pm

    You’re missing 2 backslash(s) in the path of the second command’s counter.

    Get-Counter ‘Processor(*)% Processor Time’ -Continuos -SampleInterval 5
    should be:
    Get-Counter ‘\Processor(*)\% Processor Time’ -Continuos -SampleInterval 5

    • Sitaram Pamarthi July 2, 2014, 12:08 am

      Thats right.Somehow they were missing. Correct it now.

  • tim November 20, 2014, 11:29 am

    $i = 1
    $folder = Read-Host “What would you like to call the folder that you would like to save the Top Proccesses in?”
    $docname = Read-Host “What would you like to name the text file?”

    if ( -Not (Test-Path “c:\$folder”))
    New-Item -Path “c:\$Folder” -ItemType directory | out-null

    if ( -Not (Test-Path “c:\$folder\$docname”))
    New-Item -Path “c:\$Folder\$docname.txt” -ItemType file -Force | out-null

    $CPUPercent = @{
    Name = ‘CPUPercent’
    Expression = {
    $TotalSec = (New-TimeSpan -Start $_.StartTime).TotalSeconds
    [Math]::Round( ($_.CPU * 100 / $TotalSec), 2)


    Get-Process |
    Select-Object -Property Name, CPU, $CPUPercent, Description |
    Sort-Object -Property CPUPercent -Descending |
    where-object {$_.CPUPercent -gt 5} |
    out-file -filepath c:\$Folder\$docname.txt -encoding ASCII -width 70 -Append

    Start-Sleep -s 10

    } while ($i -lt 6)


    Write-Host ———————————————————————— -foregroundcolor “cyan”
    Write-Host “Now wasn’t that fun.. Let’s See Whats in the file. :)” -foregroundcolor “cyan”
    write-host ———————————————————————— -foregroundcolor “cyan”


    Invoke-Item c:\$folder\$docname.txt

  • Arild Marthinsen November 24, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Works like a charm :).
    I added an to the end just to get it logged as well!
    Easy piece!

  • shiva January 6, 2017, 8:44 am

    Please update the title “PowerShell to monitor CPU ulitization” — Utilization