Great tools from Windows Sysinternals

Windows Sysinternals tools

Windows Sysinternals tools

If you like me works with Windows for a living or just are a geek ;-) you properly already know the great tools from Windows Sysinternals. If you don’t know about Sysinternals hang on for some great tools. Sysinternals was original created back in 1996 by  Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell and was back in 2006 bought by Microsoft. I think that we very many that was a bit skeptical about Microsoft buying Sysinternals, but actually not much have changed. The products are still small, great and most of all for free. In this post I will tell you about some of my favorite’s products from Windows Sysinternals.

4 great tools from Sysinternals you might want to check out:

ZoomIt (267 KB) – This is a great Zoom tool if you are speaking for a larger audience and want to make a demo where everybody needs to be able to see the details. With this tool you can zoom in and draw freehand on the screen

Process Monitor (1.26 MB) – With this little tool you can do real-time monitoring of files, registry and process activity. This program is great if you need to figure out where a specific program e.g. writes its log files or where in registry it keeps its settings.

Desktops (60 KB) – This little utility is something that I actually not yet have tried, but I came across it when I did my research for this post. It is something I will check out in the future. What it does is that it creates 4 virtual desktops for you giving you a great way to organize your icons and applications. This is a feature that other operating system has had for years.

TCPView (284 KB) – With TCPView you can monitor TCP and UDP traffic from your computer. It is a handy tool when you are trying to figure out what port you need to open up for in your firewall to get a certain program to work.

Have you been using some of the Sysinternals tools before?
What do you think about the tools?
What is your favorite tool from Sysinternals?

You can download a Suite of the best tools from Windows Sysinternals as well.

About the author:
I am an IT Professional that has this blog as a hobby project in my spare time. I have been in the IT business since 1996 and want to share some of the thing I have picked up over the years, with people who visit this blog.

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18 Responses to Great tools from Windows Sysinternals

  1. Brankica says:

    Hey Thomas, I am definitely going to check out the Zoom stuff, I already have it open in the new tab. Definitely something I needed, hope it will be easy to use it.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Brankica.
      It is a great little tool. It stays in your tray area until you need it. You just press Ctrl+1 when you need it. I have been to many Microsoft conventions where they have used it for demos in front of a big audience for keynotes and stuff like that.
      Thank you for sharing this post. Hope you find this tool useful 🙂

  2. digital world says:

    I will check this out. I will be honest i had no idea about Sysinternals:/

  3. Adrienne says:

    Hey Thomas,

    Never heard of this but what else is new right. I’m with Brankica, will definitely be checking out ZoomIt. Now that sounds like a really handy tool there my friend. Not sure if I will need the rest of them but I can see where they would come in handy for many.

    Great info Thomas, thanks again for sharing. Hope you are having a fabulous day!


  4. Thomas says:

    Hey Adrienne
    It is for sure a handy litte tool. Check it out and let me hear what you think about it. If you need any help with it you know where to ask 😉

  5. Rom says:


    Regarding their features their file sizes are petty low, isnt it ?

    But I might be going to try desktop once, but it seems interesting to me, which even you will try in future. 🙂

    Kind Regards

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Rom
      Their programs are pretty small and their by fits perfect on a USB stick. Let me know what you think about the Desktop utility. I have not tried it yet myself.

  6. Maninder says:

    Hey – thanks for sharing these tools from sysinternal. I have used zoomit and process monitor and have found them quite good.

  7. Will says:

    Wow thanks for enlightening me to the availability of these tools, and they are free! Zoomit is just what I need for my presentations! Thanks.

  8. Hailey says:

    This is great tools actually. Windows Sysinternals sounds new to me and I only knew it right here and thanks for providing this great information about this great tools.

  9. Kortney Brison says:

    It is truly great tools Thomas, honestly I have no idea about this Windows Sysinternals and I never thought that it is equip with great tools as you said here by the way thanks for this Sysinternals info, now I know what is it all about.

  10. John Clark says:

    I have been working on windows since past 12 years and did not knew about sysinternals! I especially find Zoomit very promising and interesting.
    Process Monitor could also be a great help. Can’t wait to try them all!

    • Thomas says:

      Hi John
      Sysinternal rocks. I was a little nervous when Microsoft bought them some years ago, but they have not made any change to the great free tools that Sysinternals has been providing for IT professionals like me.
      Just go ahead and check them out.

  11. cute says:

    dll suite is my favourite. it keeps all the dll errors away from me. 🙂

  12. Hania Shah says:

    I didnt know about that much things present in only one pack….Great share though 🙂

  13. Aliza says:

    i luv these type of articles…. 🙂

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