Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Or looked at your running processes and wondered what one was? Process Explorer helps you determine the answer to both questions.
- Download Process Explorer, and unzip it somewhere on your hard drive. C:\Program Files\Process Explorer is one idea, though you’ll have to create the folder manually (Process Explorer doesn’t come with an installer file, you just extract and run it).
- The main window consists of two sections – the Process name column, and the description column.
- To get the full details of every process, select File and then Show Details for All Processes.
- Now you’ll get more details in the Description row and company names in the Company Name row.
- If you find an unfamiliar process, right-click it and select Properties.
- From here you’ll get a very, very detailed description of the process.
- Select the Performance tab to determine how many resources the process is using (memory, CPU etc).
- Explore the other options of Process Explorer – there are some very advanced and useful features.