10 more Sysinternals tools to simplify routine Windows admin tasks


This utility is a convenient command line way to get into the registry where you need to be rather than chasing down the hive that is needed. This will allow you to start out right at HKey-Current-User or elsewhere in the registry with minimal typing. The feature of this utility that really stands out is the fact that it supports abbreviations and standard notation for registry hives, so both HKEY-CURRENT-USER and HKCU will work with the RegJump command line entry.

These utilities provided a great amount of information with rather minimal effort. Because Sysinternals utilities are free to download, there is no reason not to check them out. They do make a great addition to any Windows admin’s toolkit. It is important to note that some of the utilities included here, but not all, require Administrator access. In many cases, when using these tools I will run them with an elevated command prompt for ease of use.

By Derek Schauland

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.