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RAM CPU (+DISK) Taskbar v2.2.2

PSA: Unfortunately this project has now been abandoned as I've moved onto other stuff, and the update server is no longer in use (so Check for updates will just throw an error). Thanks for all the support all this time!

A simple program that changes your taskbar into a dynamic color-changing resource meter!

Latest Version: v2.2.2 - Added automatic updating and single-instance enforcement.

View your CPU, RAM or Active Disk Usage as a dynamic bar representation... in the form of your Taskbar!

Auto-check updates: will check for updates daily
Show settings at startup: open the settings window whenever you run the program
Fade colours: whenever it changes from one colour to another, it will blend the colours in a smooth animation
Hide tray icon: removes the tray icon from the system tray. Closing it will require ending the process, and to restore the icon you must edit settings.rcts in a text editor and change it to:

appearing as such: 

HideIcon    False

Split by width/height: arrange the two bars side-by-side or on top of one another
Left-aligned/Bottom-aligned: anchor the relevant bar to the left or bottom of the screen (depending what side of the screen your Taskbar is on)
Refresh rate: how often the bar updates its values in milliseconds

Supports: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

For Windows 7, works best with AeroPlain (irrelevant for Windows 8 and 8.1)

Enjoy, comment, :+fav:, and :points:!

Download Links

Download here

Full Changelog:
v2.2.2 - Updater will now download and overwrite the current executable, and update it automatically. Also enforced running 1 instance at a time only.

v2.2.1 - Fixed swap button not working, added safety catches to Defaults buttons, added Hide Tray Icon setting
v2.2 - Changed framework to support more than just CPU and RAM, plus minor bug fixes. Have only added Active Disk Usage for now, will implement temperature as well once I find a widely compatible method. 
v2.1 - Added colour fading transitions
v2.0.3 - Fixed bugs with sizing and placement (especially for small taskbar users)
v2.0.2 - Fixed bugs with settings editor
v2.0.1 - Changed updater (new server)
v2.0 - Rewrote the whole thing, now uses a file in the same directory for settings instead of Registry, fixed some minor bugs
v1.6.2 - Fixed always on top issue, no longer shows in aero peek, fixed alt-tab menu bug.
v1.6.1 - Finished stuff I forgot to put in, fixed opening options screen bug, fixed show options on startup, fixed start at Windows.
v1.6 - Full rewrite, added interval control, fixed up icon, new gui, fixed updater again.
v1.5 - Fixed updater, fixed visual styles, added support for side positioned taskbars!
v1.3.2 - Fixed updater and other bugs
v1.3.1 - Added update feature - auto and manual (in the system tray)
v1.3 - Added split-width function
v1.2.1 - Fixed shutdown bug
v1.2 - Added CPU Meter
v1.1 - Added support for taskbar height
v1.0 - Fully working (may have some bugs)
v0.2 - Works with small icons taskbar
v0.1 - Initial release

Created by Wasteland Software.
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it would appear that it only works on aero, not basic or classic themes? wish that had been stated up front, i wouldn't have wasted my time downloading it.
kp1979's avatar
OMG, can someone PLEASE tell me how to delete this?!? It is no where to be found in my programs folder. And there is no option to delete it from the settings!!!! 
The app download leads to a virus. I don't recommend downloading without an Anti-Virus.

The app itself isn't a virus, but the AD.FLY led me to a fake "Virus Found" site and my AVG started going nuts.
Cool app! I have a request. Can you add 3 bars to see cpu ram and disk at the same time?
And there is a problem on windows 10. When I turn off computer shay there is an app that prevents windows to shutdown.
How funny... RCT was originally a shortcut for the Game "Rollercoaster Tycoon" :)
justposted's avatar
Just a quick thank you for this invaluable tool. Nothing else does the job so effectively.

It did randomly stop working on my Windows 10 set-up the other day. I repaired my .net installation (I just googled 'repair .net' and ran the Microsoft tool) and it started working again. Hopefully that will help somebody.
Hi all.
Very interesting solution and nice app. Thanks developer.
Would it be possible to show any colour graph bubble when mouse over rct tray icon?
Something similar like Bandwith monitor :-)
And second thing - I have problem with visible area of program settings window.
I use ultrabook with Win8.1 and resolution 1920x1080 and I can see only aproximatelly 2/3 of window height.
The size of window is not changeable.
Is it possible to improove?
Thanks a lot and good luck.
charlesmilette's avatar
The program crashes, when started in a directory it can't write (eg: startup registery entries starts all programs in c:\Windows\System32, so it causes crash of RCT2 at startup). You could make the program get the executable's location directory and not the current directory, and use it to write settings.

In C#:

using System.IO;
using System.Windows.Forms;

string appPath = Path.GetDirectoryName(Application.ExecutablePath);


string appPath = System.IO.Path.GetDirectoryName(System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location);

or even,

string appPath = 

(Finally, it's just a more technical version of my old comment. It'll also fix all startup crashes mentionned under this comment.)
h-y-ade's avatar
what about windows 10 Support? it dosent work for me ;(
GianflavioxDD's avatar
It'd be cool if it could start by itself. I always have to manually start it even if I put it in the startup programs
how to uninstall/remove it?
Ok. Now, RTC will launch without any errors, but the bars won't show. Nor will the taskbar icon for the app show, so I can't pull up the settings menu. Yet, in the Task Manager, it shows as being active.
Was working beautifully on my Win 7 machine, but it stopped a couple of weeks ago. Keep getting some kind of .net framework error at startup. Any solution?
anonymous-thing's avatar
If you're able to get a specific error message to report, that would help tonnes - otherwise I can't give you any good solutions other than the general "try reinstalling .NET" or "delete your settings and run it again"
I hope this helps. Thank you for your effort!


Also, uninstalling/reinstalling .Net Framework did not help.
primehalo's avatar
When I shut down or reboot the PC, this program prevents the shutdown. I have to manually exit the program or tell Windows to force close it.
charlesmilette's avatar
I've added the program to the "Startup" folder of my Start Menu so that it starts automatically when I open my session. But I remarked that it crashes when it opens automatically, but not when I open it manually... A bugfix would be appreciated. It will also allow us to test the new auto-update feature!
CCF100's avatar
I believe you have to make a shortcut for it instead of putting the actual executable in the startup folder.
elancore's avatar
Hi, looks like a nice software, unfortunately it get crashed on start up.
Windows 8.1
Fuurio-kun's avatar
Not working here in Windows 8.1, it crashes when I try to open.
anonymous-thing's avatar
How so? Just a plain old crash, no error messages?
Awesome *o*

Something I looked for a long time, finally found it.
Easy and lightweight, just perfect, for my use it shows enough stats.

But not sure if its a Bug in the program or an unfixable problem in Windows, but when I press the minimize all-button in the right corner of the Taskbar, the Rambar hides, too.
It appears if i maximize any window.
Would be nice to get it fixed, but its only a small bug, I could live with it if i have to :)

PS: No native english, but I tried my best :)
anonymous-thing's avatar
Unfortunately, the whole point of the "Show desktop" button is to show the desktop, and on Windows it actually brings the desktop on top of any applications you are running. So it's what you called an "unfixable problem in Windows", I guess.
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