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    Posted: 22 August 2008 at 7:14pm
(Props to Karlchen for collecting much of this info)
*** FAQ: Common ProcessExplorer Issues ***
  1. Where can I download the latest ProcessExplorer version?

    Please visit the Process Explorer webpage. The download links are at the bottom of the page.

  2. Where can I download previous ProcessExplorer versions?

    Sorry, at the time of writing Sysinternals do not offer an archive of old programme versions. Just follow this procedure before downloading a new version: E.g. your current version is v9.25 and you are about to download v10.06. Backup your current download file as before downloading the new

  3. How do I install ProcessExplorer?

    Please read W2K Pro. Not only applicable to Win2K, but to other Windows versions as well.

  4. How do I upgrade Process Explorer?

    Please see how to upgrade.

  5. Why does the ProcessExplorer help not work?

    Please read Process Explorer "Help" problem.

  6. How do I see my Task Manager again???

    Please read How do I see my Task Manager again???.

  7. How do I undo "Replace Task Manager"?

    You selected Options => Replace Task Manager and experience problems in undoing this selection? Please read How do I see my Task Manager again???.

  8. How do I uninstall ProcessExplorer?

    You're not serious about this, are you? Ok, then please read uninstall.

  9. How do I re-activate the Process Tree inside ProcessExplorer?

    You're not able to activate the process tree? Why is the Process Tree not Visible in ProcessExplorer?.

  10. Where does ProcessExplorer store its settings?

    Please read Where is the user dependant settings-file.
    To cut it short:
    P.E. stores its settings inside the regkey HKCU\Software\Sysinternals\Process Explorer, not in a file.
    Settings are remembered across sessions only if - after changing settings - you exit P.E. once using File => Exit.

  11. Will it work on 64bit Windows versions?

    Please read pslist and Server 2003 - Enterprise X64 and look for "ProcessExplorer".

  12. Will it work on 64bit Itanium machines?

    Up to v10.06: Definitely no. Please see Mark's statements on Sysinternals and Itanium in this thread: IA-64 bit version of regmon.
    Starting with v10.1 P.E. also offers
    Windows 64-bit for Itanium support
    (cf. the section "What's new in Version 10.1:" here, please.)

  13. Handle leak in PE

    You have got .NET Framework installed on your Windows system?! Please read
    + Handle leak in PE.
    + Handle "leak" in Process explorer.
    + Handle leak with VS2005 / .NET 2.0.
    You may also do a search for "net framework" using the Forum Search Button.

  14. How do I integrate Dependancy Walker in ProcessExplorer?

    You have got Dependancy Walker installed and P.E., but P.E. will not offer the item "Launch Depends ..." when you right click on a process?
    Please read Ivan's instruction here: Dependency Walker.

  15. ProcessExplorer 10.x: Incorrect Symbols Path may cause System Information Dialog to hang
    Originally posted by Mathias_s

    When viewing System Information (Ctrl+I) [...] none of the graphs are updating. And the dialog does not respond to any user input. Can't move the window and can't even close it.
    Please read System Information dialog hangs..

  16. ProcessExplorer 10.x causes system hangs on Windows 98

    Please read PE 10.06 + Win98.

  17. ProcessExplorer Won't Open Browser

    You try to "Google" or "MSN" a selected process (right click, select "Google/MSN"), but P.E. will not launch your browser. Maybe redefining your default browser will solve the issue. Please read process explorer won�t open browser.

  18. ProcessExplorer: Is there a way to change the web search URL used by the "Search Online" feature?

    Please read Configure online search.

  19. Process Properties => Threads => Stack causes P.E. crash on Windows NT

    Please read Bug:PE10.11 + NT4 + View Threads, "Stack" in order to learn how to fix the problem on NT.

  20. Why does ProcessExplorer crash on startup?

    Learn about empty PATH variables and P.E. crashes here crashes on startup.
    Impatient readers should directly jump to the middle of page 4, because kees779 gives the solution there.

  21. Proccess Explorer won�t start... (.NET Framework Issue)

    Provided you have the .NET framework installed (v1 and/or v2), then another thing you may wish to try is a repair of the .NET Framework.
    Cf. proccess explorer won�t start... and here.

  22. Process Explorer 10.21 aborts on start (.NET Framework and Registry Patrol Issue)

    Provided you have .NET framework installed and you use some registry cleanup tool like e.g. Registry Patrol, this tool may be over-zealous and corrupt the .NET registry entries. This in turn may lead to P.E. startup problems or crashes.
    Cf. Process Explorer 10.21 aborts on start.

  23. Process Explorer won't load / crashes on start

    If you are experiencing problems running Process Explorer, you might have a look in Problems with PE ... for an idea.  If you continue to have problems, the crash details might be along the lines of the following. Different versions of Process Exploerr will have different details.  At any rate, repairing or uninstalling  / reinstalling the different versions of the .NET Framework that may be installed on the affected system may resolve the issue.

    Process Explorer 10.2 : Crash address 0x004154a0 / Offset 0x000154a0, EDX = 80040154
    DLL DWMAPI Missed....
    MS Error Report

    Process Explorer 10.21: Crash address 0x004155d0 / Offset 0x000155d0, EDX = 80040154
    Load Fails for proexp.exe 10.21
    Installion Error
    Process Explorer does not load

  24. Process Explorer won't start, or nothing happens when you run the program?

    Check to be sure you don't have a content filter like Naomi installed.
    Process Explorer doesn't start
    ProcessExplorer does not start / launch

  25. Process Explorer won't start, and you receive an "Insufficient system resources to get handle information" error?

    Have a look at the following topic:
    "not enough resources" problem

  26. Why does loading the procexp.chm from a UNC network path not work?

    This problem is not limited to Sysinternals CHM files. It is a security feature introduced by Microsoft. Please read this Knowledge Base article:
    You cannot open remote content by using the InfoTech protocol ...

  27. Launching P.E. using a link => "Unable to open help file."

    Please read Another "Help" problem.

  28. What is the meaning of the colours that each process presents in PE?

    Please read Colour meaning.

  29. Where to Find Process Explorer's Commandline Options?

    Please read Command line options for P.E..

  30. Why does Process Explorer Want to Access the Internet?

    By default the option Verify Image Signatures is ticked inside P.E. Please read Process Explorer and Internet Access.

  31. Why are no .NET options available inside P.E. though .NET has been installed?

    This is the shorter solution based on M. Dodd's blog. Please read .NET Options. And try this first.

  32. Why are no .NET options available inside P.E. though .NET has been installed?

    This is the longer solution based on MS KBID=300956. Please read .NET Options not available. Try this if the short instruction to solve the problem does not work for you.

  33. Why would interrupts spike to 80% of CPU?

    Please read Interrupts spikes to 80% of CPU.

  34. WinME at 100% CPU load after upgrading P.E. 9.x to P.E. 10.x?

    Please read WinME 97-100% CPU useage.

  35. Problems getting Process Explorer to launch when you log in to Vista?

    See how Mark runs Process Explorer in The Case of the System Process CPU Spikes.  Another option may be to set up a task in Task Scheduler to run Process Explorer "At Log On".

  36. Running Vista, and you expect to see more information about all of the processes?

    Have a look at Getting no Info on sys-processes.

  37. Missing columns or other display anomalies?

    Exit Process Explorer, then try renaming or removing [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sysinternals\Process Explorer].

  38. What is the last version of Process Explorer that ran on NT4 or Win9x?

    Please see FAQ Request-PE versions on what retired platforms? 

If this FAQ and the Process Explorer webpage
disagree on anything assume the ProcessExplorer webpage to be right.

Edited by molotov - 04 November 2009 at 3:47am
Daily affirmation:
net helpmsg 4006
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