SysTrayMeter will display an icon in the system tray that shows both CPU and RAM usage. It is designed to have both metrics visible simultaneously in an extremely efficient visual representation.

I have on occasion received emails that would say something like: my computer has recently become unresponsive/erratic/slow, and what steps/software do you recommend to deal with the situation. I typically recommend a checklist of programs (someday I will write a detailed posting, I promise); however it is difficult to really know if these interventions are effective.

I always seem to have performance issues myself, probably due to the fact that I am constantly installing all kinds of software on my machine. However, these days I am thinking that the best way to approach performance issues is to observe what takes place within the system; specifically CPU and RAM usage. I have found SysTrayMeter to be a brilliant, small and effective tool to do just that. Here are some notes on this program:

  • Displays CPU and RAM usage in a single, small yet very readable icon the system tray. You can also hover over the icon to display a more detailed tooltip.
  • Color codes the different readings: green for good, red for critical, and shades of these in between.
  • Takes only 1 meg of memory.
  • You have to manually add this to the startup folder if you want it to start with Windows (which I recommend), or use a program like Starter.

Since I installed this I’ve been learned that my system’s memory usage was nothing like I expected it to be. I have also taken to intervening with SweepRAM, a memory optimization program that, coincidentally, is written by the same authoer as SysTrayMeter.

The bottom line is: if you have any questions about your computer’s performance, and/or if you want to be able to observe your computer’s CPU and RAM utilization at a glance, then SysTrayMeter is for you. (Thanks go to reader Fred for emailing me to let me know about this great utility).

Version tested:

Compatibility: Windows XP Sp1.

This program can be downloaded here.

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  • what is the problem with task manager?

    …. and you say this is compatible with sp1?? not with 2?

    i dont understand y we need something else if we already hv something very cool like task manager!

  • Samer

    This program provides on-the-fly monitoring of cpu and memory usage at a glance, which means you do not need to manually start the task manager to get this info, and can monitor these metrics exactly at the point that you might need to.

    It need SP1 as a minumum requirement and of course is compatible with SP2.
    Oh, and I don’t share your view that task manager is so cool.

  • Shashank

    Does this work on vista?

  • good

  • prox

    Sysinternals Process Explorer x10 the ram but worth it

  • alot

    where the dawnload button is??

  • alot

    how to download it?where the download button is?

  • baifengs


  • DunbarCK

    I already tested it and it’s not practical.

    I prefer SysInfoMyWork 2.1:

  • ram

    CachemanXP is good

  • By far the best resource dashboard/info tool is


    Its a toolbar that auto hids and can show on mouse or click, has loads of things it monitors, is very configurable, has a few diff skins, very light on resources and rock solid.

    I have installed it on hundred of PC’s (I am ir pro) and leave it hidden so it need mouse to top and click to open – very helpful to diagnose CPU and RAm issues when doing support either on or off site

    Give it a try!