Process Threads View is a new Nirsoft application that has just been released. The program displays a list of all running processes on startup of which one can be selected for closer inspection. The main application interface then lists all thread IDs, statuses, priorities, number of windows, window titles, start address and other information. These information are updated in realtime for as long as both programs are kept open.
The selection of a thread in the upper half of the window displays its stack data information in the lower half. Displayed in particular are strings found in the stack, stack module addresses, call stack and processor registers.
It is possible to pause and resume the updating at anytime, helpful if you need to analyze a particular state. The stack view can be changed from displaying strings to displaying binary values, module addresses or all other stack values. These view modes plus displaying processor registers and call stacks can be enabled under the Options menu in the menubar.
It is possible to switch to another process with a click on the Choose Process bar in the button toolbar. Process Threads View is more of a tool for software developers than end users. It still can be used by everyone to get a deeper understanding of a process running on the system, but interpretation of the information requires technical knowledge.
The software itself comes with the usual Nirsoft features that include saving selected items to formats such as XML or txt. It is furthermore possible to create an HTML report of selected or all items on display.
Process Threads View is not as sophisticated or rich in functionality as Process Explorer. It is on the other hand easier to access and use.
The software is compatible with all versions of the Windows operating system from Windows 2000 on. A 32-bit and 64-bit edition of the program is offered for download at the Nirsoft website.
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