Monitor your PC with Microsoft Process Explorer

Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer comes with two sub-windows. The top one shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts. The bottom window shows a different information based on the mode that Process Explorer is in. For example if you set the application to be in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened. If Process Explorer is set in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded.

Version 15.0 of this application comes with a GPU usage monitor. Unfortunately this feature is not visible by default so you have to search for it in the View tab -> Columns in order to activate it. Once you’ve done this, the System Information window will show also your GPU activity based on GPU Usage, GPU Private Data, GPU Committed Bytes, or GPU Shared Bytes in graph mode.

Process Explorer’s latest version includes also the ability to restart a service. You just have to double-click a process instance, click the Service tab, choose the desired service and click Restart. In this way Process Explorer will stop and start it for you. Though you should be careful while restarting services, because you can cause your system to crash in case you have chosen a wrong one.

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