How to add CPU, GPU, RAM widgets on Windows 11

You can now add system monitoring widgets on Windows 11, but you'll need to install an additional component.

Windows 11 system monitor widgets
Windows 11 system monitor widgets

On Windows 11, the Widgets board now supports widgets to monitor CPU, GPU, and RAM usage on your computer, and in this guide, you will learn the steps to add them.

However, you don’t need to download these widgets individually to monitor system resources on your computer. They are part of the new “Dev Home” experience, an app designed for developers to improve the way they set up, test, and build applications, and anyone can install it.

Initially, the app includes four widgets to monitor system resources and additional seven widgets specific to GitHub, and more are planned for future updates.

This guide will teach you the steps to add widgets to monitor system resources on Windows 11.

Add CPU, GPU, RAM, NIC widgets on Windows 11

If you want to add the widgets to view system resources, you have to install the Dev Home app, which is available for the stable version of Windows 11 and preview builds.

Install Dev Home app

To install the Dev Home app, use these steps:

  1. Open Dev Home page in the Microsoft Store.

  2. Click the Get in Store app button.

  3. Click the Install button.

    Dev Home install

Once you complete the steps, you can continue adding the widgets on Windows.

Add system monitor widgets

To add CPU, GPU, and RAM widgets on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Widgets board.

    Quick tip: You can click the Widgets button in the Taskbar or use the “Windows key + W” keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click the Add (+) widgets button in the top-right corner.

    Widgets add option

  3. Choose the widgets to add, including “CPU,” “GPU,” “Memory,” and “Network.”

    Widgets GPU, CPU, RAM, NIC

  4. Click the Close button.

After you complete the steps, the widgets will appear in the left column.

If you want to remove a widget, click the three-dots button and choose the “Unpin widget” option.

You can also use the menu (three-dots) button in the widgets to change the size to small, medium, or large. If you choose the large option, you will be able to view more details and have more functions about a particular component. For example, the “CPU” widget allows you to end the top three processes. If you have multiple network adapters or graphics cards, you will notice an option to switch views to each component. And the “Memory” widget will reveal more details about the memory usage.

If you work with GitHub, you can also add other related widgets, including Pull requests, Assigned to me, Mentioned me, Issues, Review requests, and SSH keychain.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].