Process Explorer


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Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

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.

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.
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May 10, 2010
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Process Explorer is an excellent utility. It is much more detailed than the Task Manager. If you want to know what is utilizing your CPU, this is the utility for you.

Among the programs using CPU you will often find several entries for SVCHOST. This is a windows program used to run various Windows SERVICES. If you click on one of the svchost entry's it will present another window. If you select the SERVICES tab you can see what services this iteration is providing.

With Process Explorer you must click on each entry and select the Services Tab for each one. If you have a need to see all the windows services at once you might also try the freeware utility SVCHOST Viewer.

I believe everyone should have Process Explorer. SVCHOST Viewer may also be of some value to a few of you.
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