We like using Sysinternals tools here at Windows Guides; these tools bring core Windows functions together and help you administer to your systems more easily.
In this guide, we’ll cover the basics:
- What are the Sysinternals tools?
- How to download and run these tools on your PC
- Where can I learn more about these tools?
We’ll then take a look at two of my favorite tools: Bginfo and Process Explorer.
Here are some other tools that we’ve covered in the past on Windows Guides:
- AutoRuns – What is really going on inside your Windows?
- SDelete Deletes Your Files Permanently
- Microsoft Desktops Gives You Multiple Desktops to Work With
What are the Sysinternals tools?
Sysinternals utilities help you manage, troubleshoot, and diagnose Windows and applications. These tools are created by the Microsoft community and are kept up to date to work with the latest versions of Windows. I’ve used some of these tools for as long as I can remember using modern versions of Windows (Windows 2000 and beyond) and you might just find one or two useful–even if you don’t consider yourself a PC geek.
How to Download and Run these Tools on Your PC
You have a few choices when using the Sysinternals tools:
- Download individual tools from the Sysinternals website
- Run Sysinternals tools from the command line (requires internet connection)
- Download the Sysinternals Suite (all troubleshooting tools in one)