System Explorer is an advanced Windows Task Manager replacement program that comes both as a portable and installer version. It displays all the relevant information that the default Windows Task Manager displays, and then some as it provides additional functionality that Windows users may find useful.
The interface of System Explorer is tab driven. It displays various information like Tasks, Processes, Modules or Opened Files in the tabs on the top of the software program. Each tab lists the designated information, the process tab for instance lists the process names, their dependencies, cpu usage, process id and memory usage.
One of the interesting options that System Explorer provides is the ability to display or request additional information about an entry. A right-click on an entry opens a context menu with options to display file information, query Internet databases like Process Library, or check the file with online virus scanners like Virus Total.
That's interesting for users who want to check up on processes or modules running on their computer system.
Unlike Microsoft's Task Manager, System Explorer does provide additional information. It lists for example all open connections of a computer system including the applications responsible for the connection. It furthermore displays the opened files, or a process history in its interface which are may be useful as well to users of Windows.
Another interesting option is the snapshot ability. Users can create system snapshots and compare them to previous snapshots that they have created. This can be interesting to compare before and after system states while installing or updating software programs.
System Explorer provides access to additional system related features next to the extensive system monitoring options. It will list autostart entries, software programs that are installed on the computer system, and link to system utilities like computer management or group policy management.
The software program can be used to replace the Windows Task Manager. To do that select the "Replace Task Manager" option in the Options menu on top. System Explorer will open whenever the user starts the Task Manager from then on.
Resource usage of System Explorer is low, it uses less than 5 Megabytes of computer memory while running which is acceptable considering all the advanced features that it brings to the table.
The program is compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows XP onward.
System Explorer is an advanced Windows Task Manager replacement tool that provides you with a truckload of additional information and functionality. While it may take some time getting used to the new program, it may be useful to anyone who finds the default task manager of Windows to be too limiting.
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