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10 more Sysinternals tools to simplify routine Windows admin tasks

DiskMon

Last December I put together a list of Sysinternals tools that I found the most useful. Recently, I have been looking through the entire list and found a few more tools that you might keep on  a flash drive, just in case the need arises.

The first utility on my new list is DiskMon, which looks at all of your hard disk traffic and reports it to the screen. When the window is displayed, the default is to auto scroll the data constantly filling the window as you use your PC. If you minimize the application to the tray (Options | Minimize to tray disk light) DiskMon will blink as it monitors traffic.

 

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Derek Schauland has been tinkering with Windows systems since 1997. He has supported Windows NT 4, worked phone support for an ISP, and is currently the IT Manager for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin.

14 comments
sumit.pandya
sumit.pandya

Unix Utils is good tool apart tools from sys-internals

mysterchr
mysterchr

Maybe something is wrong with my browser but I only see a short paragraph about diskmon written not ten different apps.

jeh_it
jeh_it

Running c:\Windows\System32\systeminfo in Command Prompt works just as well as the psinfo from SysInternals. The only thing it can't do is list installed programs.

CMLOtt
CMLOtt

Lots more for me to learn. A million THANKS !! Thanks also to gjs1 for the Summary listing Colin

Dave O
Dave O

The tools from SysInternals are more important than your credit card. Don't leave home without them! Any time you can download anything by Mark Russinovich do it.

Regulus
Regulus

You spend so much time and effort producing these really excellent and important slide shows. (- actually Power Point presentations) Sorry, they are totally useless to me in that format. You don't even offer us the ability to download the slide deck. Most valuable to me would be a 'Print' version that I could drop into a 'Word' document / File. If that is too much to ask, maybe a PDF version? Thank you for your consideration. -- Yes, I'm going to continue bugging you about this.

gjs1
gjs1

This is such a good article that I thought a summary would be helpful: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) DiskMon: Look at all hard disk traffic & reports it to screen: 2) Disk Usage: Size of Directory or File on Disk: 3) Page Defrag: Help control Page Files & Registry: 4) SDelete: File Wiping: Conforms to Department of Defense Regulations / Standards: 5) LoadOrder: Helps show order in which items were loaded by Windows: Device Drivers & Services: 6) Handles: See handles that are open on system &, with arguments, let you close (albeit forcibly) handles to running applications: 7) LogonSessions: Show all Sessions currently logged onto given system: 8) PSInfo: Get System Information on Local or Remote System: 9) RootkitRevealer: 10) RegJump: Command Line way to get into Registry where you need to be rather than chasing down needed hive:

gjs1
gjs1

This is such a good article that I thought a summary would be helpful: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DiskMon: Look at all hard disk traffic & reports it to screen: Disk Usage: Size of Directory or File on Disk: Page Defrag: Help control Page Files & Registry: SDelete: File Wiping: Conforms to Department of Defense Regulations / Standards: LoadOrder: Helps show order in which items were loaded by Windows: Device Drivers & Services: Handles: See handles that are open on system &, with arguments, let you close (albeit forcibly) handles to running applications: LogonSessions: Show all Sessions currently logged onto given system: PSInfo: Get System Information on Local or Remote System: RootkitRevealer: RegJump: Command Line way to get into Registry where you need to be rather than chasing down needed hive:

JWGasner
JWGasner

ProcessMonitor from both lists - this is surely a huge oversight....

mastrulo
mastrulo

A word of warning, depending on the number on PCs, HDD, inc USB, NAS etc, be prepared for 3 weeks of scanning if you don't restict it to which/what/where! The default is all connected by any means to whence it's run! My back up Laptop, 4 USB Drives, 2 NAS, if it wasn't for the BSoD (TCPIP.SYS) it was still less than 1/5th the way through the Drives, and the file size was around 1.6K. A word of warning to all.

mastrulo
mastrulo

is Great also Because it Defrags the Registry Hives, been using it for years, it simply and quietly does its job, magnifico!

jadams2021
jadams2021

At the top there is a next link, right under the Heading. Each Next is a different tool, totaling 10.

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I totally agree - the slides could be put in the pdf for people that can't read however I don't see how they are "easier to use" here! Should we download all the slides and put together our own pdf?

jeh_it
jeh_it

Process Monitor, as well as Process Explorer, would be especially useful in Virus removal. I once came upon a virus what disabled the Task Manager. I had to use Process Explorer until I the virus was removed.