5 Windows Sysinternals Tools You Must Know About
Posted: Dec 09, 2013
Having issues with your Windows? Surely, you must be looking for some tech support to get your issues resolved. On context of tech support, have you heard of Windows Sysinternals? It is a section of Microsoft’s TechNet website, under which you can get technical utilities and resources that would help you diagnose, troubleshoot, manage and monitor majority of issues with Microsoft Windows.
The utilities and resources available at Windows Sysinternals are freeware tools that will help you in administering and monitoring the computers that run on Microsoft Windows operating system (OS). Sysinternals website was first created on 1996 by software developers Bryce Cogswell and Mark Russinovich. It was operated by the company Winternals Software LP but Microsoft made this company its subsidiary on July 18, 2006, and Sysinternals segment got included under Microsoft’s TechNet website. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell are creating numerous Windows Systinternals tools such as Process Explorer, Autoruns, RootkitRevealer, Contig, PageDefrag, etc. in total there are around sixty five other utilities. These utilities are being updated from time to time.
A few of the Windows Sysinternals tools that you must know are listed below and explained in detail for your knowledge:
PsExec v2.0: PsExec is a popular utility that helps in executing processes on remote systems. Its light weight and a great replacement to tools like telnet, which are effective to use but painful to install. This utility is capable of improving the Windows performance when multiple users are simultaneously interacting with one particular system through remote access. Each user will have a dedicated PsExec service that will be signified by the option, “-r.”
RAMMap v1.3: RAMMap is a graphical utility and the updated v1.3 version is compatible with Windows 8.1. It is an advanced physical memory usage analysis utility. This utility enables your system to have a comprehensive breakdown of its physical memory based on its usage type and process. This utility can make you understand how Windows manages its memory or how it analyzes application memory usage, or how RAM is being allocated.
Sigcheck v2.0: This is a command-line utility. Using this you can collect the following information:
- File version number
- Timestamp information
- Digital signature details
- Certificate chains.
Sigcheck can check a system file on forty antivirus engines and deliver the status of the file through an associated online VirusTotal report.
Autoruns v11.70: Autoruns v11.70 is the upgraded release of Autoruns. This new release is a more powerful utility that can scan and disable autostart code. It has been featured with new options through which it shows up the per-user locations, which is very useful and helpful while analyzing the autostarts of different accounts.
Process Explorer v15.40: It is a system monitoring and examination utility. Process Explorer is a replacement to Task Manager but has added features that make it become competent in extracting process running information on the user's system. This utility tool is like the initial step to resolve and debug software or system issues. Process Explorer has the configuration option through which it can be ran automatically when a user logs on to the system. It also introduces a process view column where the DPI awareness support on Windows 8.1 system is showed upon for users’ reference.
So, these are just five utilities out of sixty five created by Sysinternals. Majority of windows problem can be resolved using the Sysinternals tools. Keep learning about the other utilities as well.
About the Author: Hi! I am Brook M. Perry, a prolific blog writer and keen author of articles related to pc security support and solution for issues related to computers and mobile devices. Being associated with the reputed best pc tuneup service provider Qresolve, I have resolved thousands of tech issues for our customers from worldwide. Computer online tech support My areas of interest are PC security, endpoint security system, router support etc. You can follow me for my useful remote pc support articles on Ezine and other article-oriented websites.
Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve computer security, with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.