If you’re a hardcore PC user you might have wondered what system resources are being used and what files and directories are open by a process. You might have even opened the Task Manager on your Windows system, only to be disappointed by the minimal amount of information present. But what if I told you that you could do that by installing a simple, extremely lightweight application and know all the intricacies of a process? Process Explorer picks up where Task Manager leaves, and shows you detailed information about a process.
Process Explorer by Sysinternals is a system resources monitoring tool for Windows OS. It’s built on the basics of Windows’ Task Manager but extends from thereon. No installation is needed to use the application, just an executable file. Being portable, Process Explorer can be copied into your thumb drive and run on any PC easily.
Process Explorer Interface
Process Explorer by Sysinternals divides its information in two windows within the main window. The top window shows the list of active process, just like the Task Manager. But the lower window shows the extra information about a particular process. Say you have selected a particular process, and switch the lower window to handle mode, the handles opened by the top window will be shown. In process mode, the DLLs and memory mapped files that the process has loaded is shown.
Manipulate System behaviour
Just like Task Manager, you can terminate, suspend, and resume or restart a running process. You can also maximise or minimise it and change it priority, as well as view its DLL and handle information. Process Manager also gathers the CPU, RAM, GPU, I/O, disk and network usage history and displays it in clean and nice graphs. Process Explorer also displays extensive information such as performance, environment, TCP/IP and threat properties of particular processes.
You can also set Process Explorer as you default application instead of Task Manager. So when you press Ctrl+Alt+Del, Process Explorer opens instead of Task Manager.
system Requirements for Process Explorer:
Windows XP 32-bit / Vista 32-bit/ Windows 7 32-bit/ XP 64-bit / Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 32-bit/ Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 10 32-bit/ Windows 10 64-bit