Sysinternals “Process Explorer”


Logo Microsoft SysinternalsWenn man wissen will, was auf einem Windows System läuft, ist man mit “Process Explorer” auf der richtigen Spur. Die Freeware aus dem Hause Microsoft zeigt alle Details der laufenden Prozesse minutiös an. Das Utility liefert zudem eine genaue Aufstellung darüber, welche Files aktuell geladen sind, welche Priorität diese besitzen und welche DLLs mit ausgeführt werden. Eine nettes Troubleshooting-Hilfsmittels um den Plagegeistern auf die Schliche zu kommen.

Das Utility kann zudem alles was der in Windows integrierte Task Manager auch kann. Der Process Explorer ist also sozusagen der grosse Bruder des Windows Task Managers.

Process Explorer

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.


Tools von Sysinternals kommen zwar inzwischen von Microsoft, werden allerdings als “as is” bereitgestellt. Ein Auszug aus den Sysinternals Software License Terms:

9. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY: The Software is licensed “as is”. You bear the risk of using it. Sysinternals gives no express warranties, guarantees or conditions. You may have additional consumer rights under your local laws which this agreement cannot change. To the extent permitted under your local laws, Sysinternals excluded the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

10. LIMITATION ON AND EXCLUSION OF REMEDIES AND DAMAGES: You can recover from Sysinternals and its suppliers only direct damages up to U.S: $5.00. You cannot recover any other damages, including consequential, lost profits, special, indirect or incidental damages.


Sysinternals Process Explorer kann direkt beim Hersteller heruntergeladen werden. Sysinternals Utilities können alternativ auch direkt via “” gestartet werden.

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About the Author

Michel Luescher is a solution architect in the worldwide Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure Center of Excellence (CoE) at Microsoft Corporation based out of Zurich, Switzerland. Primarily, Michel is focused on hybrid cloud solutions (Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure). In addition Michel is speaker, blogger and author of several books.

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