It's no secret that today you can find quite a lot of programs and applications developed as some kind of alternative to the "native" services and utilities of Windows operating systems. And one of them is Process Explorer. How to use this small but very effective utility will now be considered. At the same time, we will make some comparison with standard Windows tools.
What is Process Explorer?
To understand what this utility is, you just need to translate its name from English into Russian. Realized? It's "Task Manager".
We must assume that understanding the purpose of the Process Explorer utility suggests itself: it is an alternative to the standard "Task Manager" that is present in any Windows OS.
It is installed in the system quite simply and has a very small size. The Process Explorer application itself is available in two versions: the standard installable on the system(size 1, 21 MB for the 16th version, latest build - 3, 38 MB) and portable, without the need for installation (size 1, 02 MB). Which version to prefer, and whether to use it at all, will be discussed later.
Process Explorer Rus: main features of the program
It must be said that the "native" Windows tools are often criticized, and quite deservedly so. Take the same "Task Manager". What special things can be done in it in terms of viewing information or managing processes? Of course, there is still something there, but the information is far from being presented in full, and its display is extremely inconvenient. In addition, in the plan for working with active services, you can only use shutdown or forced shutdown of their work.
But the Process Explorer program is very favorably different from the standard tool. The fact is that all processes are presented in a tree-like hierarchical structure, similar to how folders and files are displayed in Explorer, and this applies to running applications of all users of the system. For convenience, developer icons are attached to them, and the services themselves, depending on priority or some other condition, are highlighted in different colors.
Also, Process Explorer has the ability to run programs with different rights and even the ability to obtain information about a particular process directly from the Internet. But what is most interesting is the ability to view additional information, including all related components like dynamic libraries,which some program or service loads into RAM at startup or during operation. Unlike the Windows "Dispatcher", which can only forcefully terminate processes or disable them for a subsequent restart, this utility allows you to, so to speak, "freeze" any software component (even system ones). It's like hitting the pause button while playing music or a movie.
It goes without saying that the Process Explorer Rus version has a fully Russified customizable interface with the ability to show or hide any element. So each user is free to customize the program, as they say, for themselves. And, as is already clear, the possibilities of the application are not limited to this only.
Basics of working with the program
In principle, working with this application is quite simple. The main advantage of both the standard and the portable versions is that after launch, a special icon appears in the system tray. As already clear, access to the application is always at hand (no need to use a three-finger combination or call the service with a command from the Run menu).
The main window of the workspace is divided into two parts: the structure of processes is displayed on the left with reference to user accounts, on the right - description, CPU usage, process ID, etc. The columns can be configured as you like.
There is also a lower window. It only appears when descriptors or libraries mode is enabled. Accordingly, informationwill match the selected mode. And we are not talking about the fact that there are special tools for system administration, monitoring the load on the processor, the use of RAM or disk space, etc.
Should I use it instead of the standard Windows "Task Manager"?
Of course, this is not all that can be squeezed out of Process Explorer. However, if you look at it globally, it seems to be much more preferable than the standard Windows utility. Don't believe? Try it yourself at least once, and you will have no doubts about choosing Process Explorer.