Process Explorer in Windows 10: An advanced Task Manager (EXPLAINED)

The Task Manager on Windows 10 takes a close look at all the apps and services running on the system. For many users, the Task Manager provides enough detail about the apps and services that are running but in some cases, it falls short.

The Task Manager limits itself to displaying the CPU, Memory Disk, Network, GPU usage, and the Process ID. It can tell you what is slowing your system down and to ignore an app that is not responding. It’s a reasonable tool for raising trouble but it falls short at times.

What is Process Explorer?

When Task Manager fails to provide enough information about an app or process or service, the number goes to a device for Windows 10 s Process Explorer.

Process Explorer is part of the Sysinternals suite of applications. Think of it as a more sophisticated task manager that delivers details that the Task Manager can’t stock.

Process Explorer can identify files used by an app, and identify which process (or application) is accessing a particular DLL file.

Audit processors

Process Explorer features

Here’s what Process Explorer does and does:

  • Process / app identifier that allows users to drag and drop a target image onto an app window. The associated process is revealed in Process Explorer.
  • A detailed list of all the records ie, folders and files that a particular process or app has access to while running it.
  • A closer look at the registration keys associated with a process or app.
  • A CPU and GPU graph for each currently running app allows you to see the effect of an app on your system resources.
  • Find handlers and find out which apps are using them.
  • Kill or stop process.
  • Instead of Executive Manager.
  • Submit process to VirusTotal.
  • Delete an entire process tree instead of just one process at a time.

Use process Explorer

Process Explorer is a more advanced Task Manager so it begs the question, what or when should it be used?

Process Explorer is best used when you need to identify which app has an open file.

You can use the app to search process for an app.

Locate the logs for an app and modify or remove them once the app is removed.

Stop process and reduce system usage to zero without killing the running app. This is a great way to free up system resources without having to close / stop the session and restart when you want to get back to the app.

Observe how processes and applications change the way they work with Process Explorer’s color-coding system. You can see the myth for the colors by going to Options> Configure colors.

Limits Explorer process

Process Explorer is a powerful tool but it has an awesome UI. It’s enough to scare anyone trying to learn the app.

Even after you figure out the UI, it’s still very, very busy. Although the color coding is easy to remember as the app uses a lot of colors.


Process Explorer can be set as the default Task Manager on Windows 10. Whether or not you need it to be the default task manager app on Windows depends on how often you need to resolve something and how often the Executive Manager provides the information you need. Process Explorer is a great app and should be in your toolbox of unlock tools.

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