Microsoft has released the free Sysinternals Process Explorer 11. Most of the new features are related to Vista. Not everything is improved, though.
Process Explorer is certainly a must-have tool for any admin. I blogged about Process Explorer 10 a while ago. What I don’t like about it, is its sparse documentation. Some of the new features sound quite interesting, but searching for them in the Help file won’t reveal much in most cases. For example, I wanted to find out what “Show details for all processes elevation menu item on Vista” is supposed to mean. But my full text search for “elevation” got no hits.
By the way, I wasn’t able to view the Help file at all on my Vista machine. I only got “Navigation to the Web page was cancelled – What you can try: Retype the address”. Well, I didn’t type an address in the first place when I clicked on Help in Process Explorer, so I really don’t know what “retype” is supposed to mean here. Anyway, I was able to access Help on an XP machine.
One of the “new features” of Process Explorer 11 is that you can now launch it without elevating it. However, some of its most interesting functionality won’t be available then. For example, you won’t be able to view the handles and DLLs in the lower pane. So if you just double click on Process Explorer, its functionality will be reduced. To work with all its features under Vista, you have to right click on its icon and run it as administrator.
Another new feature is the “new tree list control for better UI responsiveness“. I don’t know exactly what is that supposed to mean. I realized, however, that the tree list doesn’t display the icons of the corresponding apps, anymore. This was always quite helpful in finding a program, quickly. On XP, the icons still show up, though.