Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/lesson3/
Understanding how Process Explorer’s dialogs and options work is all fine and good, but what about using it for some actual troubleshooting or to diagnose a problem? Today’s Geek School lesson will try and help you learn how to do just that.
I'm really enjoying this series.
One thing worth noting is that the Help utilities with most SysInternals programs are worth looking at. Some utilities have been around for years though and the Help is in an old format Winhlp32, and you may need to install KB917607 to read them.
Excellent series, I'm learning quite a bit about how to go beyond the limited information in the task manager. Microsoft deserve much credit (never thought I'd say that!) for buying the company and providing the sysinternals suite for free.
While helpful, I've found that the help files with the SysInternals tools are pretty limited in scope, though. I had to do a lot more digging to come up with some of the answers I was looking for.
When I click on the bulls-eye thing it says"drag over window" What window? I don't see what this does? When I click on it, it just goes to the back of everything? Dragging it around doesn't do anything either?
The bullseye helps you find processes from their windows. If you open 3 programs and have them on screen at the same time and drag the bullseye over one of them and let go, Process Explorer will be moved back to focus and the process running the application you placed the bullseye over will be selected. Does that help?
Yes, thank you, I drop it in a program, and it comes to the top/front in PE.
I love this series! I downloaded cyberlink photo director 4, and i can't delete it from my download file.(changed my mind), and it won't delete because it's in use somewhere else. So, I fired up PE, and when I try to kill the process it tells me access denied.It has NOT been installed yet,no shortcut, and I checked my %temp% file, and i don't know where else to look for it, and PE says**"access denied"** when i try to end it. There are now 4 instances of cyberlink downloader.exe showing up in PE. I also tried to close handles, and it says I can't do that either (maybe because it's not installed?
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