Dual and Quad Core CPU Monitoring in different Windows Versions

Hello

I am about to be starting a project which will be determining the most efficient windows version for multicore processing. The project will be testing windows xp, vista, 7 and 8 consumer preview using both an Intel Core2 E6600 and Q6600 CPU in the same hardware setup.

The project I will be working on I am hoping to be very much like the one in this like here:
http://www.infoworld.com/t/platforms/generation-gap-windows-multicore-273

My question is for advice and help on how I can go about actually monitoring a CPU in the way that is described in the link, what tools I would need to get me going on my project.

I would really love to be able to get results for database transaction times, or get the cycles for encoding a file, but haven't done this type of work before.

If anyone has any knowledge of what I mean here and could help get me started off I would greatly appreciate the advice.

Thanks in advance
Dom
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