If you ever need to get under the covers of running Windows processes for investigating why a system is running slow, then the Sysinternals toolkit has an updated tool that will help you. Per the website:
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.
Process Monitor runs on Windows 2000 SP4 with Update Rollup 1, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Vista as well as x64 versions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista.
I had previously talked about the Sysinternals Live website. This update to one of the excellent tools is well worth your time in investigating. Take a look at the updated tool here. The entire Sysinternals toolset can be found here.
If you have not used these tools yet, then you are definitely missing a critical item for being successful in your IT position. Check them out… it may save your reputation some time!