Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Figuring out what your system is doing

If you use windows, then you probably wonder what its doing at times... 

2 very neat tools for doing this are procmon and procmgr  (both from technet). procmgr is like task manager on steriods, and procmon allows you to see what file, registry and net access a program is using.

So when songbird hangs (like it just did! back to foobar), you can poke around and see what its doing, and wonder why it has 4 sockets open, and 20+ threads and using over 100 megs of ram!

Mark Russinovich has a nice example of using both tools.

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