Windows Sysinternals was created back in 1996 by software developers Bryce Cogswell and Mark Russinovich, who helmed a company named Winternals at the time. It appeared through a website that offered small tools and utilities to manage, diagnose, troubleshoot, and monitor Windows. At this time, Windows admins were happy to pay for some of those tools and utilities, while the company gave others away for free.
Today, after Microsoft bought Sysinternals in 2006, Mark Russinovich (now Chief Technical Officer at Microsoft Azure) still continues to develop new tools and update existing ones. In my opinion, Sysinternals belongs in every IT admin’s toolkit. My Win10.Guru colleague and custodian of our Admin Toolkit series (Ed Tittel) agrees, and wrote a post in December 2017 entitled “Microsoft Sysinternals Suite” that provides an overview of its many elements and constituent parts.
You can always access Sysinternals online through Microsoft Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/
I myself use a number of Sysinternals tools. To make it easy, I always map Sysinternals Live as a network drive using the following URL:
By doing this, all Sysinternals tools remain available whenever I need them, directly via File Explorer:
Quoting from the Sysinternals team:
What is this?
This is a file share allowing access to all Sysinternals utilities. We have developed this to test an alternate distribution mechanism for our utilities.
This will allow you to run these tools from any computer connected to the Internet without having to navigate to a webpage, download and extract the zip file.
To read more about this excellent and incredibly useful tool suite:
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.