Computer problems can occur once in awhile, and if you’re having computer problems it’s recommended that you use appropriate software in order to diagnose and fix them. Many users tend to use Sysinternals for fixing computer problems, therefore today we’re going to show you how to use these tools on Windows 10.
How to use Sysinternals on Windows 10?
Windows Sysinternals is a part of Microsoft’s TechNet website that offers all sorts of utilities for fixing Windows problems. Sysinternals tools were created in 1996 by a company called Winternals. In 2006 Microsoft acquired Winternals and Sysinternals tools became a part of Microsoft’s TechNet.
Sysinternals Suite is a collection of applications which you can download for free right from the Sysinternals’ website. Bear in mind that you can download the entire archive, or you can download each of the applications individually. In fact, you don’t even have to download any of these tools since you can access them from any computer remotely simply be following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
- Enter \\live.sysinternals.com\ and click OK or press Enter.
- New window will appear. Go to the Tools folder and you should see all Sysinternals applications available.
As we already mentioned, you can use all of these applications remotely, but for your convenience we suggest that you download them and run them locally.
So what kind applications does Sysinternals Suite have? First on the list is a tool called AccessChk. This is a console program, and you can use this tool to see what kind of access to files, directories, registry keys and Windows services users have.
AccessEnum is a tool that allows you to quickly see security permissions that users have regarding certain folder or registry key. Performing this process manually requires that you check each folder’s permissions, and that can be quite a long process, especially if you need to check permissions of several different folders.
With AccessEnum you just need to select a certain folder and you’ll see all the permission rights. In addition, you’ll also see permission rights for all its subfolders. This is an extremely useful tool, and in order to see the permission rights you just need to select the appropriate folder, click the Scan button and wait for the program to scan the folder and its subfolders.
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AdExplorer is an advanced Active Directory editor and viewer. Using this tool you can easily navigate through AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes. In addition, you can also use this tool to create snapshots of an AD database so you can view or compare them offline.
AdInsight is a real-time monitoring tool designed for troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Using this tool you can monitor Active Directory client-server communication and solve authentication and all sorts of other problems.
AdRestore is a command line tool that shows you the deleted objects in a domain, and it also allows you to restore each of those objects easily. Autologon is a small tool that allows you to configure and use the built-in autologon system. If you don’t want to enter your username and password every time, you can just use Autologon. This tool will store and encrypt your data in registry and use it when required.
Using this tool you can easily enable or disable automatic logon, or you can temporarily prevent it by holding the Shift key before the system performs it.
Autoruns is a tool that shows you all the applications and services that are starting with your PC. This tool allows you to sort startup applications by different categories, but it also allows you to disable applications or services from starting up. Autoruns shows the location of a startup application or a driver, therefore if certain startup application is causing you problems you can easily delete it or disable it by using Autoruns.
Next tool on our list is BgInfo. This tool is designed to show important information regarding your PC on your desktop. You can customize the look of your data by changing its style, font, or color, and you can also add all sorts of fields to show relevant information. In addition to adding certain fields, you can even create your custom fields as well.
After you set which fields you want to use, just click the Apply button and relevant information will be displayed on your desktop. Bear in mind that this tool doesn’t run in the background, instead it creates a new background image with the necessary information and uses it instead of your desktop image.
Cacheset is a small tool that allows you to change the size of your cache. This tool allows you to set new minimum and maximum sizes for your cache as well as to reset them to default values with just a single click.
Contig is a command-line utility that allows you to defragment specified files. This tools is perfect if you want to speed up the execution time of the frequently used files. Coreinfo is another command-line utility that shows you the information regarding your processor. For example, this tool will show you the mapping between logical processors and physical processor as well as the model of the socket that your processor uses.
Debugview allows you to monitor debug output on your local computer or on any computer that you can access via TCP/IP.
Disk2vhd is a tool designed to create virtual hard drive from your physical hard drive. Unlike other similar tools, this one allows you to create virtual drives on a system that’s online. You can even save virtual hard drives on your local PC, even on the drives that you’re currently converting.
DiskMon is an application that shows you all hard disk activity on a Windows system. This tool will show you what hard drive is being currently active as well as which sector is being used.
DiskView is a tool designed to show clusters on your hard drive. You’ll get a visual representation of the clusters, but you can also double click a certain cluster in order to see which files occupies it.
ListDLLs is a command line utility that shows all DDLs that are loaded into processes. You can use this this utility to show all DLLs for all processes or you can configure it to show DLLs only for specific processes. If you want to know which drivers your system loads and in which order, we suggest that you try LoadOrder. This small application will show you when the driver is loaded, the name of the service or the device that uses this driver and the location of this driver.
Portmon is a utility that monitors and displays all the activity related to serial and parallel port on your system. If you don’t use these two ports, you probably won’t have much use of this application.
ProcDump us a command line utility that is designed for monitoring certain application for CPU spikes. Every time a CPU spike occurs, this application will generate a crash dump, therefore users should be able to use the information from the crash dump to fix the problem.
Process Explorer is one of the most useful tools that we used. This application allows you to see which program has a specific file or directory open. In fact, this application can show you all sorts of information regarding the applications that are currently running. Process Explorer also works as Task Manager, so you can use it to change the priority of certain applications or close them.
Next on the list of tools is Process Monitor and this little tool allows you to see real-time file system, registry and process activity. This application provides extensive information, therefore it’s great for finding and removing malware.
Next tool is RAMMap and this little application will show you all the necessary information regarding your RAM. Just like in Task Manager, you can see which processes use the most RAM, but you can also see RAM consumption based on process priority. In addition, you can see how much RAM does certain files use, and you can even see what physical address does a certain process occupy.
ShareEnum is a simple tool that allows you to easily see all shared folders. If you’re sharing files over your local network with other members, we highly suggest that you use this tool to see all your shared folders easily.
TCPView is an application that shows you the detailed information regarding all TCP and UDP endpoints on your computer. Using this tool you can see local and remote addresses and the state of TCP connections.
VMMap is a process and memory analysis tool, and this application allows you to see committed virtual memory as well as amount of physical memory that is used by a single process.
ZoomIt is a screen zooming application that allows you to quickly zoom with a single hotkey. In addition, this application allows you to draw on zoomed image, which makes it perfect for presentations.
These are just a few of the applications included in Sysinternals Suite, and while some of these applications are simple to use, we advise that you visit Sysinternals website and read the instruction manual if you wish to better understand how certain applications work.
Sysinternals Suite offers some amazing applications for free, and we’re happy to inform you that most of its applications work without any problems on Windows 10. Even though these applications are extremely useful, they are intended for advanced users.