| By Fred Langa |
Windows 7′s Reliability Analysis Component (RAC) and related software usually work silently in the background, unnoticed by Win7 users — until something goes wrong with these diagnostic apps.
Here’s how to repair or disable the RAC system, should it fail — and how to access its reliability-analysis records when it’s working as designed.
What’s RACTask, and what’s it doing in my PC?
Reader Steve Lutz ran across a part of Windows 7 most users have never heard of.
- “While troubleshooting a Win7 PC with shutdown problems, I found out about a little-known program, RacTask, which runs in the background and can cause systems to slow down or freeze for several minutes.
“Apparently, it compiles ‘reliability analysis’ information, which can be viewed via the Win7 Action Center. I would like to know whether routinely deleting the data from this app would avoid the slowdowns and hangs.”
Win7′s Reliability Analysis Component automatically collects data on any failures that occur within Windows, applications, or other system areas.
RAC is run by RACAgent, which in turn is triggered by RACTask in Task Scheduler. It normally runs once at power-on and then once every hour thereafter.