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:

processexplorer11replacement

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)

There Are 14 Comments

  1. It’s one of my mainstay apps. Thanks for the heads-up.

  2. Fantastic application. Another from the sysinternals stable.

  3. Could it actually be true that MS bought up a company, and then released a new version of one of that company’s apps that wasn’t bloated and unusable? Well wonders never cease!

  4. Ryan,

    I was excited but bummed when I saw your tip that you can use Process Explorer as your Task Manager…but bummed when I saw that it was for Vista.

    For kicks I ran it on my XP system and looked for the option. It was there.

    For kicks I enabled it…then closed out Process Explorer and then did the traditional Microsoft three finger salute Ctrl-Alt-Del.

    Imagine my delight when Process Explorer popped right up.

    Thanks for highlighting the feature. I’ll be setting this option on all my XP/Vista systems!

  5. Nosh wrote:
    It’s one of my mainstay apps. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Yeah, this is one of those programs that never really leaves my computers. I just stick it in a folder, set it to replace the Task Manager, and then take it for granted everytime I use it to shutdown a program or see what’s hoggin’ my memory.

    Carl wrote:
    Could it actually be true that MS bought up a company, and then released a new version of one of that company’s apps that wasn’t bloated and unusable? Well wonders never cease!

    Sounds like Christmas came early this year. :)

    Claus Valca wrote:
    Ryan,

    I was excited but bummed when I saw your tip that you can use Process Explorer as your Task Manager…but bummed when I saw that it was for Vista.

    For kicks I ran it on my XP system and looked for the option. It was there.

    For kicks I enabled it…then closed out Process Explorer and then did the traditional Microsoft three finger salute Ctrl-Alt-Del.

    Imagine my delight when Process Explorer popped right up.

    Thanks for highlighting the feature. I’ll be setting this option on all my XP/Vista systems!

    I didn’t mean to imply that it was for Vista only, but I’m glad you enjoy the new Process Explorer. Just wait until you’ve grown accustomed to it, and then you go to use someone else’s computer that doesn’t have this.

  6. It replaces the Task Manger alright, but doing so disables the right click menu in Win XP.

  7. boris wrote:
    It replaces the Task Manger alright, but doing so disables the right click menu in Win XP.

    It completely disables the right-click menu? That doesn’t sound right. Maybe you should report that as a bug.

  8. That’s a great app with a low mem footprint. I use it since XP sp2!
    And your desciption is so cool!
    By the way it did not disable xp context menu.

  9. I want my task manager back :’( , plz can anybody help me telling me what to do

  10. Anonymous wrote:
    I want my task manager back :’( , plz can anybody help me telling me what to do

    What happened to your task manager? I need more details in order to help you.

  11. @anonymous
    You’ve certainly checked one day in Process Explorer the option for it to replace Task Manager. Just uninstall Process Explorer from your pc, then restart, right-click your bottom toolbar on a free space, choose Task Manager fom the context menu you’ll see, and if nothing else happened to TM, you just should be done.

  12. Replaces Task Manager just fine until you reboot the computer. Task Manager comes back.

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