Windows Process Explorer 11

Process Explorer is one of the must-have apps for any Windows power user. It doesn’t require any installation for you to use it, and it can show you things like which application has a specific file or folder open. Honestly this is something that I’ve always hoped would ship with Windows as an “advanced” mode option, but I’m just grateful that Microsoft has continued to keep this project alive.

Today marked another milestone for the application with the introduction of Process Explorer 11. There’s several improvements for Vista users, and here’s the more complete list:

  • New treelist control for better UI responsiveness
  • Asynchronous thread symbol resolution on threads tab of process properties
  • More flags on groups in security tab and SID display
  • Thread IDs on threads tab
  • On-line search uses default web browser and search engine
  • Vista ASLR column for processes and DLLs
  • Vista Process and thread I/O and memory priorities in process and thread properties
  • Vista Process and thread I/O and memory columns
  • PROCESS_QUERY_LIMITED_INFORMATION support on process permissions on Vista
  • Run as limited user runs with low IL on Vista
  • Reports information for all object types on Vista
  • Show details for all processes elevation menu item on Vista
  • Supports replacement of task manager on Vista
  • /e to launch elevated
  • /s switch to select a process at startup
  • Compiled w/ASLR, DEP
  • Faster startup
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and minor improvements

If you’ve decided that you want to replace the Task Manager with the Process Explorer it’s just two-clicks away. After you have Process Explorer open just go to the Options Menu, and choose “Replace Task Manager” from the list:


You can undo that operation at anytime by using the same item in the Options Menu, but I have a feeling that you’ll grow accustomed to the sea of details that Process Explorer provides you with. So go ahead and try it out…there’s no installation required and it runs on nearly all versions of Windows.

Process Explorer 11 (only for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista)