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

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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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How to restore the Process Name column in Process Explorer?

Currently, Process Explorer's window does not show the process name: (When I run Process Explorer as another user, the column displays correctly.) I have tried dragging all the column handlers, ...
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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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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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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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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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Process Explorer: How to check what process is holding my external disk?

I have an external disk (MyBook) that I always plug in and out of my PC. The problem now is that when I want to stop the MyBook USB device, I get a "cannot be stopped right now" error. Is there any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Identify an instance of Google Chrome by PID

While working I generally need around 40 windows open at a time and run 100-200 processes. When memory constraints become an issue, I start picking off the processes that are the most resource ...
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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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Remove Process Explorer's “Open File - Security Warning”

I'm on XP Pro w/ IE8 installed. When I launch procexp.exe (Process Explorer 11.33), I see a dialog warning me about the program I'm about to launch (the title of the dialog reads "Open File - ...
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Have local admin privileges on Windows XP, but getting “Error terminating process: Access is denied”. How to kill the process?

On one of the Windows XP machines I use regularly, there is a process that starts up periodically. I'd like to be able to kill the process – sometimes – because it occasionally runs when ...
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Process Explorer Freezes System

I am running Process Explorer version 16.02 on Windows 7 64-bit Service Pack 1 logged into a domain. The laptop is a Dell Latitude E6430 and is docked. Process Explorer runs as an administrator and ...
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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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How can I find out which processes on my computer are accessing the microphone?

After reading this interesting Lifehacker post and reading the comments on the page, one person was wondering if it would be possible to use the Physical Device Object Names of other hardware such as ...
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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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Auto start a program (and run under other account) on user logon

I really like Mark Russinovich's Process Explorer so I'm always running it. I would like to automate this task of manually starting this process up every time I logon. But I want this program to run ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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 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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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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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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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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How can I see the correct “private bytes” value in process explorer?

I have a process that intentionally uses large amounts of memory. When I view this process in Process Explorer's list view with all memory-related columns enabled, this is what I see: Note that all ...
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Stealing focus issue

a while ago something weird started happening, when pressing Ctrl or Alt Gr focus is changed. I've found several resources which don't address how to find the actual process but rather how to block ...
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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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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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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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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 ...