Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None.


Sysinternals logoFor the last 20 years or so, Windows power-users by the million have used the free utility programs released under the Sysinternals name. Microsoft bought the name, and the developers of the utilities, a few years ago and the tools have continued to be updated and upgraded.

There are now more than 60 of them. Some are relatively low-tech, such as ZoomIt. This lets you zoom in on part of the screen, and also draw freehand onto the zoomed section with your mouse. It's great for demos and presentations. At the other end of the scale, the more technical tools help you monitor the intricacies of your operating system and troubleshoot any problems that may occur. Perhaps the most well-known of these tools is Process Monitor, which shows you all the important PC activity in real time. This includes all accesses to the registry and to files. It's great for tracking down where a particular program is reading its settings from (eg, from a config file or a particular part of the registry), so that you can then change that data in order to tweak the program.

A few days ago, the Sysinternals crowd released a bundled version of all the utilities so that you can grab the whole suite in one go. It's a 20 MB zip file that you'll find at as a free download. There's no fancy installer or menu system. Just unzip, and then click on any of the tools that you want to run. Or see for details of what each program does.

The system is malware-free according to Web of Trust and my own virus scanner. Because Sophos regards one of the tools as Potentially Unwanted Software (it allows you to run code on someone else's computer across your network), the suite loses one point from VirusTotal. However, Sysinternals is produced by Microsoft and is in use on millions of computers worldwide, and is thus perfectly safe to use.

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Is there any app in sysinternals that will show the cvurrent version of windows 10 I have?

Finding the version of Windows is a basic feature of Windows so you shouldn't need to download another program.

The version of Windows is provided when you run the Command Prompt. You can find the menu item if you right click on the Start button. The default Command Prompt window has the current version be displayed before the first prompt. If it doesn't display then run Ver or SystemInfo - the examples below use FindStr to filter out the info that you don't need.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
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Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]

C:\Users\Me>systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 10 Home
OS Version:                10.0.10586 N/A Build 10586


C:\Users\Me>systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 10 Home
OS Version:                10.0.10586 N/A Build 10586
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free

Few of these utilities work on my Win7 PC. A screen opens for you to see the license agreement. Once I click Accept, it simply disappears. Nothing happens. I've used several Sysinternals utilities in the past, but this group must be corrupt or something.

There's another suite called WSCC (Windows System Control Center) that groups not only all Sysinternal suite but also from NirSoft suite in one clean interface. You can update all at once from within the program and it's a portable program.

I've been using WSCC for years with great success as my go-to fix-it toolkit for most problems. The only glitch
is that my antivirus (Avast) kicks out some of the NirSoft tools as spyware, but that can be easily overridden.

Thanks Rob.
I´am a fan of Sysinternals!
Good to know that we can get all the tools in a 20 MB file.