Great Tool for troubleshooting Windows

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Have you ever noticed you computer is running slow and could not figure out why. Sometimes you can bring up the task manager and see what process is taking all of your systems resources, sometimes you can not. It can be very frustrating at times and you have to hunt and poke to figure out what is wrong. To help with this there is a free program you can get from Microsoft called Process Explorer. This is basically a souped up version of the task manager that is much more configurable and offers many more options.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.


Process Explorer Microsoft

Microsoft Process Explorer

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

Here is a link to get PROCESS EXPLORER from Microsoft. PCModer recommends this software if you are interested in seeing what is actually running on your system there is a ton of useful items you can see for each process. You can plot them, create custom displays, it is actually a very nice program. The price is right (free) so give it a try!