Windows System Monitor What's Running 3

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 1, 2009
Updated • Jan 19, 2017
Software, Windows software

The developers of the Windows system monitor What's Running have recently released beta 3 of their upcoming third version of the software program.

What's Running is a system monitor for Microsoft windows devices that is to an extend comparable to popular tools like Process Explorer.

The system monitor on the other hand does not only reveal information about running processes but also about Windows services, modules, IP connections, drivers and startup items.

Update: What's Running is no longer in active development. This means that it won't receive updates anymore. In fact, the beta version of What's Running 3 is the last release version of the application.

What's Running

What's Running displays lots of information on start. Some users may find this problematic as it can certainly be seen as information overload in the beginning.

The core of the information is divided into the following six tabs:

  • Processes: Displays all running processes on the computer system in a hierarchic view including process names, process IDs, user names and the cpu utilization. Options provided include starting and stopping processes, checking process information online, opening the containing folder or creating graphs.
  • Services: A list of all services of the operating system. Each service is listed with its product, service and display name, status, service type, dependencies and load order group with options to display more details in the right sidebar after selecting a service. Services can be started and stopped from the menu.
  • Modules: A list of modules that have been loaded again with many useful information like the path, file size, file type and product name.
  • IP Connections: Displays all connections of the operating system. Information provided are the local IP, local port, remote IP and port, state, socket type, process and time of creation. Remote Whois information can be opened for any connection.
  • Driver: The system drivers that have been loaded. Displayed are driver names, product names, status, driver type and dependencies.
  • Startup: Displays the programs that are launched during Windows startup with options to disable and edit them.

Information is just one of the things that What's Running does well. You can use it to stop processes or services for instance, manage startup items, or use the online check feature to find out more about an item.

Version 3 of What's Running adds Windows 7 and Windows Vista support as well as support for 64-bit operating systems.

One interesting option that is provided by the program is the ability to create a system snapshot which can then be compared with other snapshots that have been taken.

The differences between two snapshots are then displayed by the program. This makes What's Running an excellent program to monitor system changes over time.

The beta version of What's Running 3 can be downloaded from the developer's website. It is compatible with many Windows operating systems including Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Closing Words

What's Running was an excellent program, but it is no longer maintained and the last version was a beta version. We suggest you use different programs like Task Manager Deluxe, or Advanced System Care which offer similar functionality but are in active development.

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  1. Andy Buford said on December 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I looked in the article and I checked the developers website but I can’t seem to find the answer to this question. Is this software portable?


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