In the past, I'v recommended several of the SysInternals utilities, like Process Explorer and TcpView. But they have many more useful tools and I could probably fill countless posts about them.
Well, it looks like I won't have to anymore. Introducing the SysInternals Suite - one download (9mb) that includes all the useful tools (by "useful", I mean it does not include prank apps like the BSOD Screen Saver - kids, DO try this at home, it's fun and harmless).
The "suite" is actually one zip file that includes the various exe files (non of SysInternals applications require installation - another reason why I like them). To see the full list of tools included and read about their function, click here.
Here's what I do: unzip them all into a directory called "tools" on my main partition. Add that directory to my path. Now I can launch each tool from the command line or from the run command (Windows Key + R). the easiest way to do that:
- right-click "My Computer" and choose "Properties"
- Choose the "Advanced" tab
- At the bottom, click the "Environment Variables" button
- From the upper list, chose "path" and click the edit button
- at the end of the line, add ";c:\tools"
- Click the various Ok buttons
- Add any other application that requires no installation, to that folder