Process Explorer has the same functionality as Task Manager and a lot more.
Installing Process Explorer is easy. Just download, extract it from .ZIP format, and your ready to go. Double-clicking on the executable brings up the windows shown in Figure 1. Choosing to display a bottom pane provides additional information on a process when you click in the main display. As you can see in Figure 2, the lower pane provides detailed information about system use of the iTunes process, including:
- Registry keys
If you need overall system information, as shown in the Performance tab of Task Manager, Process Manager provides that too--with a little more information. See Figure 3.
While a single click on a process refreshes the lower pane, double clicking brings up a more organized, tabbed window. Figures 4 through 6 are examples of information available unique to the target process, including security attributes.
There is another feature that might be useful when performing real-time analysis with a single display--the opaqueness setting. You can configure Process Explorer for various levels of transparency, providing a view of the running program. An example is shown in Figure 7. Apple iTunes is running in the window without focus, but is visible through the Process Explorer window I'm actively using to monitor system and process activity.