Many IT administrators struggle to control and manage desktops because Windows-native tools sometimes don't get the job done.
That's where the Sysinternals suite comes in. The Sysinternals toolset consists of six major categories of utilities: File and Disk, Networking, Process, Security, System Information and Miscellaneous utilities. Admins can use the Sysinternals suite to see disk usage by directory, measure network performance, remotely execute processes, dump event log records and much more.
Despite everything the Sysinternals suite can do, many admins are still just learning about it. Dive into this guide for a comprehensive look at Sysinternals tools to identify which ones are the most useful or to find the one that will make a specific job easier.
Sysinternals suite terms to know
Get familiar with some key Sysinternals suite terms.
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What the Sysinternals suite can do
The Sysinternals suite gives IT admins greater control over their Windows systems than the operating system's native tools can generally provide. If admins know what they're doing, they can use Sysinternals tools to monitor computer activity, clean up any congestion slowing a computer down and more. Almost every Sysinternals tool works across the family of Windows OSes, including Windows 8.
Sysinternals tools such as AccessChk and ProcessExplorer are not for the faint of heart -- one wrong move can really damage a computer -- but if admins know how to use the suite, they can take complete control over files, disks, networking, security and more. Continue Reading
Sometimes all a slow computer needs is a cleaning, but the tools Microsoft includes in the Windows OS can't always get the job done. Sysinternals' Process Monitor and Process Explorer are two free tools that pick up the slack because they understand exactly how Windows processes work. Continue Reading
Although no Sysinternals tools are designed specifically for Windows 8, the utilities -- including AccessEnum and Process Explorer -- work on the operating system. Continue Reading
Is there any better source to learn about Sysinternals tools than from the creators themselves? Find out about the book Sysinternals co-founder Mark Russinovich wrote about the freeware suite. Continue Reading
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A look at the best Sysinternals tools available
It might be tough for the uninitiated to sort through the Sysinternals suite to find the right tool for the job at hand, but that tool is probably there. Looking for information on the processes running on a system? Process Monitor has admins covered. Trying to make changes to the Active Directory? Take the Active Directory Explorer out for a spin. Find out more about some of the top tools in the Sysinternals suite.
Admins can download the entire Sysinternals suite all at once or install tools individually from one of the six utility categories, including File and Disk, Networking and Process. Continue Reading
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How individual Sysinternals tools work
Each tool in the Sysinternals suite does something different than the next, and in some cases they can even replace native Windows tools. Process Explorer, for example, can stand in for the Task Manager as admins try to protect against malware. And Autoruns helps admins identify and remove any software that may be slowing down a computer because it does not belong.