Process Explorer is a Windows tool written by Mark Russinovich, used for examining currently running processes and their open handles

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SHCreateStreamOnFileEX thread in explorer.exe using high cpu

My computer: Dell, i5 2410m CPU , Windows 8 OS Symptoms: -when windows explorer is running, high (~ 40 % ) CPU usage. -explorer, or the desktop does not refresh automtically What I've found ...
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Why is Process Explorer reporting activity in non-existent dedicated GPU memory?

I've been playing around with Process Explorer on a laptop of mine with Windows 7, 4 GB of RAM, and an onboard GPU(ATI Radeon 6480g as part of the A4 APU). Oddly enough, Process Explorer reports 1.5GB ...
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Changing colors of Process Explorer

I want to make my Process Explorer dark. I managed to change all colors except these very bright columns: How can I change these bright colors to something dark?
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Why am I getting different network traffic data from: Resource Monitor, Process Explorer, and Net Balancer?

What am I reading wrong? (For simplicity I'm reporting 1B as 10b (one byte as 10 bits). These numbers are off by so much that this shouldn't matter) NetBalancer shows about 20 KB/s or 200 K*b*/s or ...
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Task Manager shows wrong process memory usage [duplicate]

I don't have much info on this one, other than it happened some time ago (can't pinpoint what could've caused it) and a reboot doesn't fix it. Here are a couple of screenshots: I'm completely ...
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“Find Handle or DLL” from “Process Explorer” not searching System's “dll”s?

"Process Explorer" is the TOOL for Windows, one use for me is too see system drivers, that's watching DLLs in the process "System" (Pid 4 - always?). The drivers aren't, of course, DLLs, BUT for the ...
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How can I pin Process Explorer to the task bar on 64-bit system?

I'd love to pin Process Explorer from sysinternals to my task bar. However procexp.exe is a 32-bit application that launches the 64-bit procexp64.exe on an x64 system. However when I pin it to the ...
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identify which process is outputting sound

My computer periodically makes a random ding (among other sounds), and I can't figure out the source. Suggestions on SU include using bar indicators in the volume mixer to look for the source. ...
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Find handles by process

I am trying to figure out where an undocumented application is storing it's configurations. To find any files it might be using I thought I might be able to use process explorer to view any file ...
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How to open the built-in task manager when it's replaced by Process Explorer?

I want to open the built-in task manager with Process Explorer's Replace Task Manager option checked. I've tried: Running taskmgr.exe from the run dialog. PE was opened instead. Creating a copy of ...
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Process explorer crashes when I select all fields

Sysinternals process explorer crashes when I select all columns. Since the program crashes now, I can't change the settings back. Also I dont know where the program stores this information so I cant ...
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Why does opening Process Explorer (or task manager) make operations complete quicker?

I'm certain I'm not making this up. Quite often I'll notice something is taking longer than it should (a Visual Studio build, some unresponsive app, web page load or whatever). I'll hit crtl+shift+esc ...
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Process Explorer - Longer Resource Utilization Timeline

I want to set process explorer so I can view resource utilization over a 1 - 2 hour period. Meaning, I can let it do its thing and then come back later to view the capture.
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Private Bytes VS Working Set in Process Explorer

I know that the working set is the actual amount of memory the process is using and also that private bytes is the amount set aside just in case it needs more. So would I add the two to figure out ...
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Media player classic starts at boot up CPU 100% not listed in msconfig. What is going on?

Every time I boot windows, media player classic starts running in the background (no actual MPC window opens) and hogs the CPU at 100% until I kill it. In process explorer the parent is explorer. I ...
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What is the “Ideal Processor” value?

What is the "Ideal Processor" value and why/how does it pick a certain processor to run on? I've recently seen an obvious increase in CPU usage on the furthest last core, core #7 (i7 930 ...
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Why are some processes in “trees”, but others aren't?

In a program that shows process tree layouts, like Process Explorer, I see that some programs are "floating", apparently not tied to any tree. How is this possible? Most of the processes are tree'd ...
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Is there a way to reset the toolbar minigraphs in Process Explorer?

Windows Sysinternals Process Explorer includes in its toolbar some minigraphs showing recent usage history for CPU, Memory, and so on: These are nice. However, an inadvertent click on the 'thumb' ...
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What do graphic engines mean in Process Explorer v15?

I have installed a new version of Process Explorer v15.3 and it has a new tab GPU.It is very useful, but I cant't understand what means feature called Engines. On my Radeon Mobility HD 5470 1 Gb it ...
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Find what process started another process

Say I have process explorer showing me that I have an app called EvilAppsRUs.exe running. I kill it, but it just starts up again. I have checked to make sure it does not have a service (by right ...
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How can I determine which operations or processes prevent screen saver and sleep mode

My desktop will not enter sleep mode or fire up the screen saver. To troubleshoot, I have run procmon and procexp from sysinternals in order to determine if some event is making the system think it ...
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98-100% memory use, no process uses more than 25MB

I am having intermittent issues with my gaming computer. Sometimes, while playing Battlefield 3 (only 2 times the problem has occured), my memory usage goes to 100% of my 16GB machine. I close down ...
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explorer.exe randomly hogging my CPU; any insight into this ProcessMonitor log?

My computer occasionally becomes terribly unresponsive. Opening Process Explorer reveals that it's explorer.exe hogging 100% of the CPU. I poked around until I found the thread id which was doing ...
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Hard disk keeps running (Windows 7)

Windows 7 64-bit. I hear HDD running constantly and HDD LED blinking. I quit all applications, even deleted antivirus software (BitDefender) but it is still running. I searched many helps, watched ...
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Windows 8 Task Manager shows 49% CPU, Process Explorer shows 100%

Any idea why the new Windows 8 Task Manager is showing 49% CPU while the Process Explorer is showing 100%? Is this a Windows 8 bug?
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Editing Hosts File in Windows 8

I'm trying to edit my hosts file in Windows 8 Pro. When I open C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts in notepad++ or any other text editor, make changes and attempt to save, I get a dialog that tells ...
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Log %CPU by Process over time

Is there any easy way on Windows to log %CPU time per process over time to a file for later analysis? As far as I can see... Task manager shows me the %CPU per process but only visually - no way to ...
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Is there a way to see GPU System Memory broken down process-by-process?

I am trying to figure out which app in my system is responsible for the memory spikes (note that the spikes are seen on GPU tab). Here's a question that spawned this one. EDIT To show System ...
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How to inspect a Process Explorer full dump

I've been having some trouble with Visual Studio 2010. It stops working, and I see it increases in memory usage. So I suspect a memory leak (in one of the plugins maybe). I took a Full Dump with ...
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Heavy CPU Usage for Interrupt

As a follow-up to the question Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications? … I used Process Explorer to check my PC. I found that there's an average 30-40% of CPU ...
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Is there open source software which is to Process Monitor what ProcessHacker is to Process Explorer?

Process Hacker is an open source alternative to the famous Process Explorer by Mark Russinovitch. Is there in the same vein a piece of open source software that can be a serious alternative to ...
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How do I check if some one is accessing my computer from somewhere?

Here is a snap shot of my processes running on Windows XP Is there anything suspicious? How will you know if some one is accessing your computer remotely?
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Can't kill process TGitCache.exe

Sometimes, I suspect when I open a music folder during the right moon phase and during a leap microsecond, this process crashes and pops up an error reporting dialogue. I decline to report the error, ...
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How is RAM reported and represented in Process Explorer?

I am running Sysinternals' Process Explorer There are a couple things I am confused about, and I did not see this info in the help file. Here is a screenshot: The Working Set column, is that RAM? ...
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Is it necessary to suspend a process before terminating it?

What happens when a process in Windows is suspended by Process Explorer or similar software (e.g., Process Hacker)? I've read somewhere on the web that the Sysinternals authors recommend suspending ...
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What Is “Hardware Interrupts” Process In Windows 7?

I keep seeing it with Process Monitor software:
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Usb wireless adapter causing DPC spikes

Bought 2 new TP-LINK WN722N USB wirless adapters as they were the highest rated on Newegg and were a great price. Both of them cause abnormally high DPC & Interrupt usage in Process Explorer and ...
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Make Process Explorer tray icon backgrounds black again

I just updated Process Explorer to version 15. With the update, the tray icons seem to have turned from black to transparent. Is there any way I can get them to be black again?
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Equivalent to Sysinternals Process Explorer on Linux

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and am looking for an equivalent to Process Explorer on Linux. There is System Monitor but it's not nearly as good as Process Explorer with all of its detailed information ...
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What process is using my HD on startup?

The boot-up sequence for my work PC (running XP 32) takes nearly a half hour to complete. It's an older machine and the HD is encrypted so I understand why it is slow. What I don't understand is ...
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Task Manager, Process Explorer, or similar tool: monitoring and managing CLR threads

Is there a tool out there that allows to see managed threads as they are running in CLR? Ideally, I would like to see CPU load, state, managed name, and managed id, hopefully even if the thread ...
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Why would Process Explorer be unable to verify signature of PortableApps.exe?

i'm running a program called PortableApps, which includes an executable called PortableAppsPlatform.exe. The Portable Apps executable is digitally signed: And the digital certificate is valid and ...
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Is there a modern Process Manager supporting things like grouping (Imagine tens of chrome.exe's)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager Hi, I am tired of using Windows Task Manager. Whenever I look at it, I see tens of Chrome.exe processes there. I am hoping to ...
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Can't remove certain fonts in Windows 7

We have an x64 Windows 7 professional machine on which some but not all fonts can not be removed. The problematic fonts in question are not system fonts or Microsoft Office fonts (I think, they ...
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Windows 7: Can I auto-start task manager?

Is there a way to automatically start up the task manager (in this case, process explorer) when I log into Windows 7?
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How to find memory hogs process explorer doesn't see [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager I recently noticed that the physical memory graph on process explorer didn't appear to match up with the total working set ...
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Sysinternal's Process Explorer v14 doesn't show network activity

The new version of Process Explorer shows network activity history, but it doesn't in one of my computers. This particular PC runs Windows XP SP3 and it has just been reformatted so everything is ...
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Process Explorer: huge I/O bytes with small Network/Disk Bytes

What does it means when process explorer show me a huge I/O Bytes pre second but mean while a low Network and Disk Bytes pre second? I have a machine here that the process explorer (v14) showing me ...
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Windows Vista: Open file - security warning on local exe: “Unblock” does *not* work - why?

I use Process Explorer on a Windows Vista (Business 32bit) box. I have extracted the files from the zip file to C:\Program Files\Process Explorer. Every time I open the executable (procexp.exe) I get ...
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Process Explorer not showing the biggest user of my RAM

Does anyone know why Process Explorer might show these weird values for memory usage of my Virtual Box instance? Here are the real numbers: But here's what Process Explorer is showing: So the ...