Saturday, November 17, 2007

Download This! - SysInternals Suite

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:
  1. right-click "My Computer" and choose "Properties"
  2. Choose the "Advanced" tab
  3. At the bottom, click the "Environment Variables" button
  4. From the upper list, chose "path" and click the edit button
  5. at the end of the line, add ";c:\tools"
  6. Click the various Ok buttons
  7. Add any other application that requires no installation, to that folder
To download the suite, click here.

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