13 Awesome Windows Software Tools You’ve Never Heard Of


Alright guys, as requested, we’re going to
go over a set of super useful programs that Microsoft itself has made for Windows, and
is maybe even one of the most useful software suites ever. It’s called Sysinternals, and it’s been around
forever, but is not actually included in Windows. So if you didn’t know about it, you’re really
missing out. There are way too many programs included to
go over in one video, and some of them are either obsolete or not very useful, so I’m
going to go over what I think are the coolest, and most useful programs in the Sysinternals
suite. And of course, the link to get it is in the
description. Let’s go. Starting off, we have the “Process Explorer”,
which is already pretty well known by itself. It’s basically like the task manager on steroids. It not only will show you what programs are
running, but also sub-processes it’s using, and a million other details that I don’t know
enough about to explain. One cool feature is the ability to search
any process using a website called Virus Total, which is actually owned by Google, and will
run the file through a whole bunch of antiviruses. So if you see a certain process that looks
kind of suspicious, you can scan it to be sure. You can also search for “handles”, meaning
what files are being used by programs. So if you are trying to move a file, and can’t
because it’s in use, you can search for that and see what’s using it. And here’s another interesting thing, you
even have the option to replace the regular task manager with the Process Explorer if
you want. There is so much more you can do with this
one, but in the interest of time, you can explore it yourself. Next, we have the “Process Monitor”, which
based on the name you might think is similar to the thing we just talked about, but not
really. The process monitor, like the name suggests,
monitors what all the running processes on your computer are doing, and will output literally
everything into a log, depending on what filters you set. And if you’ve ever wondered what your computer
does even when it’s just sitting “idle”, you’re in for a surprise. You will probably see literally hundreds of
thousands of operations going on in a matter of seconds. These might be programs calling registry keys,
writing to files, reading files, making network requests, pretty much EVERYTHING going on
in your computer will be listed right here. It’s a ton of data, so it’s probably better
to filter for specific programs and operations, but if you’ve ever had a program behaving
really strangely, or crashing, process monitor could be a good place to start looking why. Number 3, we have “Autoruns”, which is a simple
and powerful program that lists everything that starts up with your computer. Windows does have a feature like this built
in, but that doesn’t always show EVERYTHING that gets loaded. Autoruns will not only show you what programs
start up on boot, but also services, what registry keys are called, scheduled tasks,
drivers being laoded, even what media codecs get loaded. You’re not going to see any of that in the
task manager, or msconfig window. So this is really useful especially if you
see something starting up with Windows, but you don’t know how or why, you’ll probably
find it in here so you can figure it out. Oh and yes, in the options you’ll again be
able to have it scan everything with Virus Total. The next tool is TCPView, which is all about
network activity. To put it simply, it will show you every network
connection coming in and out of your computer, which program is using it, what port it’s
on, and more. This can be useful in a lot of situations,
like maybe there’s something using up a ton of bandwidth and you don’t know what it is. You could start out with the built in “resource
monitor” in Windows, which will tell you what program is using the bandwidth, but you probably
want to know what the heck it’s connected to. So that’s where this comes in. And here’s another cool feature. When you find the process you’re looking for,
it will tell you the remote IP address, but that doesn’t help much. If you right click and hit “Whois”, it will
actually run a whois search, and give you information about that IP address, and hopefully
what website or service it is. If you want, you can even close the connection
yourself. But of course just watch out if it starts
back up again. Still, a lot of uses for this if you know
what you’re doing. Alright moving on, now we have a really quick
but useful tool, called “Zoom It”. This one is great for presentations, and simply
lets you Zoom in and out on the screen easily. So as you can see, all you do is press Ctrl
+ 1, and it zooms in, and you can move around. Great if you need to show something small. Also, if you want to draw on the screen to
circle something maybe, you can press Ctrl 2, and do that, and Escape to cancel. So a neat little program you could definitely
use in the future. Now this next one is actually kind of funny. It’s called “NotMyFault”, and it, well, crashes
your computer. Yes, on purpose. So besides pranking your friends, you might
be wondering what the heck this could possibly be used for. Well it might be useful if you want to learn
about different types of crashes, and you can see there are several to choose from. Maybe you want to use it as an example, or
even cause a blue screen so you can get a dump file. Next we have “SigCheck”, which is used for
checking file signatures. Now this is a command line program, so you
have to run it through command prompt. A quick way to do that is click in the address
bar in explorer, type CMD, and it will open command prompt in that directory. Then just type in the program name to run
it. You’ll see a lot of options, but a simple
way to use it is scanning a certain directory and just the executable files inside it. So let’s do the System32 folder. We type sigcheck, dash E, dash C then the
system32 path. And the dash E is the option to just look
at executables. But obviously there are a lot of other options. Also, let’s output the results to a file,
by adding right angle bracket, then the name of the file, like results.csv. Run that, and it might take a while and won’t
look like it’s doing anything, so be patient. Afterwards, you can open up the file with
excel, and there you have it. A list of all the files it scanned, which
is a lot, which are signed and unsigned, who signed it, and some other info. Pretty neat. Now onto a tool called “SDelete”, which can
securely delete files or directories so that they can never be recovered by overwriting
it several times. I won’t ask who you’re hiding from, but maybe
you need to do that. This is another command line program, and
here’s an example for how to use it. So you do SDelete, dash P and the number of
passes, maybe 5, then the file or directory. I’ll make a file called EraseThis.txt, and
since it’s in the same directory as the program, I can just put that. Press enter, and poof, it’s gone, never to
be heard from again. SDelete also has some other functions, such
as cleaning free space, like already deleted files. Or similarly, you can write zeros to all free
space. But I won’t get into that right now. Moving on, we have PendMoves. Very very simple, all it does is show you
what files the operating system is waiting to move until you reboot the computer. Like you may know, sometimes when a file is
in use, the OS can’t move it, so it waits until you restart and free it up. This is also why some programs ask you to
restart the computer when you install them. This might also show you if any files are
pending deletion as well. The next one is the other side of that coin,
a tool called “MoveFile”, and this one lets you schedule files to be moved after reboot. If for some reason some file is being stubborn,
you just use the command MoveFile, file to be moved, and the destination, and and that’s
it. Once you reboot it, it will move. You can also put no destination with just
two quotation marks, and that will delete the file on reboot. Alright next up, we have “DiskView”, which
is not a command line program thankfully. This one is more cool than useful, but what
it does is scans the structure of your entire drive, and then visually displays it. You can see any fragmentations the drive may
have, and even where different parts of a file are located if they are fragmented. In modern versions of Windows disk defragmentation
is done automatically, and you don’t want to do it at all on SSDs, so this tool is kind
of obsolete. But I think it’s still neat to see kind of
see how the drive stores data. Ok just a couple more now, the next tool is
called “PSKill”, another super simple command line program. As the name suggests, it just kills processes. You just type pskill, and the name of the
process, or the process ID, hit enter, and bam, it’s gone. If you use the dash T parameter, you can also
kill the entire process tree, which also kills any processes directly or indirectly created
by the main one. It even has some network options, so if you
want to kill a process on a local computer, you can type the name of the computer you
want to work on. So this one might be good if a program seems
to be really stubborn, and for some reason won’t end even with the task manager. I should also point out sysinternals comes
with several other “PS” programs, known as “PSTools”, and each one usually does some
small but useful task. It’s at least worth looking at a list of what
they all do. And finally, we have “CoreInfo” which is another
command line tool that will give you all sorts of information about your CPU, to put it simply. Just running the program with no options will
give you a list of every feature the CPU supports, such as virtualization. So if you ever see something that says “only
works with CPUs that support whatever”, this can tell you that really quickly. You can also delve in even deeper if you want,
and get info specific to the CPU Cache, all the cores, virtualization features, all sorts
of stuff. Probably not much the average person would
even know what to do with, but maybe at least interesting to see. So, that’s about it, those are a bunch of
the coolest tools from the Sysinternals suite, that you probably didn’t even know existed. But now of course you can impress all your
friends with your computer skills. If you want to keep watching, here are some
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and I’ll see you next time, have a good one.

100 thoughts on “13 Awesome Windows Software Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

  1. Thanks for telling me all of these tips and news about Windows. It really helps because I just got my first own laptop that has Windows 10! 😀

  2. None of these tools were developed by MS, Bryce Cogswell and Mark Russinovich wrote the lot, MS acquired the website and the software in 2006

  3. It was actually made by two russian hackers, microsoft just acquired it.
    EDIT: Microsoft also developed it forward.

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  5. Where should I extract the files to? Is any folder (that I can find again) sufficient, or must the files be in (a) specific location(s)?

  6. hi ThioJoe!
    i love your videos!
    is there any good tab organizable explore software out there?? like we orgnize tabs in web browsers. i would like to know.

  7. If you like DiskView, definitely look at WinDirStat. Vastly superiour, shows you location and allows you to delete and much more.

  8. If you can't find any of these you're gonna need to got to the folder named "system32" and delete it, then they should show up.

  9. Hey Hi dude….
    i am facing one problem in my computer.The problem is my ram is 8GB but it is showing 3.30GB usable.How can i fix this…..pls help me

  10. Do you can do a real upgrades?? Like double speed and more this is help me to learn more tech and this good for everyone to learn upgrades like this please!

  11. ThioJoe … I'm new to Youtube started 4 days ago and already have 112 subscribers … you are the only person i have subscribed to and i know you've done videos about if before … i know I'm not near to being able to monotize videos … but can you explain to me exactly what is required?

  12. Joe – this is No joke, ALL the tools you mentioned are valid and available and useful as you described.
    QUESTION – Doesn't this belong on Thio Joe TECH ?? Do you still have Thio Joe TECH ??
    Let me know – Thanks, a big fan for years AW

  13. Hi Joe, I have an uneatable file on my computer is there a simple free software to dispose of it? I keep getting file not found error, hope you can help thanks.

  14. thio joe i need help. how to i switch back from process explorer to the normal task manager?? please help!!!

  15. hay thio i have a problem in my widows 10 cmd popup is showing and dispparing i use many antivirus.also i use rkill but its not working can u help me

  16. hi i have some troubles with my coputer and i was wondering if you could help a couple days ago my computer went acting weird he became slower and my fps ingame went from 75 fps to 60 fps and i usual hat a stable 75fps but now it gows from 69 to 60 to 40fps and i had this fps trouble before but that was when my coputer almost hat an empty battery but when my coputer is plugd in on the electricity network it's fine again 🙂 the onley thing i did before this issue appears was buying a new headset and installing steel engine could you pls help me 😊

  17. Lol I do the same thing with Linux terminal I noticed 9/10 the ip addrs Whois is always just a server, website servers

  18. MS didn't create the Sysinternals suite, although they now own them.

    Bryce Cogswell and Mark Russinovic founded Winternals in 1996, there they created the ntinternals suite of tools.
    Microsoft bought the company 10 years later in 2006 and added the tools to the Microsoft TechNet website, rebranding them as Sysinternals.
    fyi Mark is now CTO of Azure.

    Great video fyi, I really like the TCPView.

  19. Thanks for highlighting this fabulous software. Bryce Cogswell, and Mark Russinovitch are the geniuses behind Windows Internals or Sysinternals (originally called Ntinternals before MSFT abandoned the "NT" wording). The idea was to delve as deeply as possible into the mechanics of the Windows operating system so programmers and hardware people can use this information to better produce software and hardware. A great idea, and their Austin, TX consulting company did really well, leading sessions all over the world, attended by many "program to the metal" attendees. The tools help us understand what is truly going on within our Windows operating system. My favorite is Process Explorer. Want to know exactly which dll are being used at any moment by a program (i.e. set of processes)? Want to know which handles are set up by any process? Want to watch GPU usage in real time? Process Explorer does all that an much more. Even now, with Win 10 having greatly improved the Task Manager, it's still a good idea to substitute Process Explorer in as your default upon "three finger salute". You just get so much power in this easy to use program. Another really cool thing is that Process Explorer and its little buddy "Autoruns" (shows everything running on start up, and allows control over it) will run on any machine exclusively using the program "image", which means there is no real installation routine, you just copy the *.exe into your new machine, and run them. Voila! They run. This is particularly great for heavily monitored machines issued by large businesses which seek to limit what tools can be run on workstations.

  20. AWESOME VIDEO! ❤️ God bless you thio your the best!! Ignore the haters they suck BUT your the best 🙂

  21. You make useful lists, it would be helpful if you would provide a useful list "down below", so I don't have to keep pausing then typing what I think you said into notepad. Thanks for some useful info.

  22. Some nice timestamps:

    01) 00:35 – Process Explorer (procexp.exe)
    02) 01:39 – Process Monitor (procmon.exe)
    03) 02:35 – Autoruns (autoruns.exe)
    04) 03:24 – TCPView (tcpview.exe)
    05) 04:27 – ZoomIt (zoomit.exe)
    06) 04:59 – Not My Fault (notmyfault.exe)
    07) 05:30 – SigCheck (sigcheck.exe)
    08) 06:45 – Secure Delete (sdelete.exe)
    09) 07:37 – PendMoves (pendmoves.exe)
    10) 08:04 – Move File (movefile.exe)
    11) 08:31 – Disk View (diskview.exe)
    12) 09:08 – Process Kill (pskill.exe)
    13) 10:08 – Core Info (coreinfo.exe)

  23. Hi Thio Joe! I'm trying to live stream on youtube for the first time, yet my webcam is showing to be busy ….In use of another app. Can you help me resolve this issue im going mad! i have gone down so many rabbit holes trying to fix this i have a puffy little tail!

  24. Point of order: an inexactitude in your introduction. Microsoft was not the originator of the Sysinternals suite. Mark Russenberg created Sysinternals and wrote many of the utilities and after a number of years Microsoft invited him to join them and to continue to enhance the suite under their name. I'm hoping they gave him a lot of money to join them.

  25. nice listing, thx. also a nice feature Windows should have is to change folders easily, such as using FolderChanger, google it

  26. Fk svchost.exe! That bs always rape my internet bandwith and monthly data…….I CANT HAVE IT RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND FFS! I DONT HAVE UNLIMITED DATA!

    But too bad, miscrosoft is so dumb and run by bunch of assholes….they dont know or simply ignorant on how not everyone subscribed to unlimited internet plan….it baffles me how it keeps turning itself on after i disabled windows update from registry or etc….it always turn itself on at some point eventhough windows update medic service is disabled already!! Like, fk those asshole shoving windows update into our throat!

  27. Is there a software tool to check how much oil is left in my computer so I don't have to open it everytime?

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