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Installing SysInternals Tools

A valuable collection of Windows utilities.

The Sysinternals Web Page.
The Sysinternals webpage. (Screenshot: askleo.com)
Microsoft has made these free tools easier to get and keep automatically updated.
Applies to Windows: 11, 10

I’ve long recommended SysInternals like Process Explorer, Autoruns, and more for an assortment of maintenance and diagnostic tasks.

They’ve always been a bit of a pain to install, typically involving downloading a zip file, extracting it, and perhaps putting the resulting files in the “right” place, whatever that might be.

No more. Microsoft just made installing the SysInternals tools easier than ever.

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TL;DR:

Getting SysInternals Tools

Sysinternals tools like Process Explorer and others can now be installed easily by finding the “Sysinternals Suite” in the Microsoft Store. As a bonus, they’ll be kept up to date automatically once installed.

SysInternals Tools

Originally a separate collection of tools, many years ago SysInternals was purchased and made part of Microsoft. The collection includes dozens of tools. The ones I reference most often include:

  • Process Explorer – something I’ve referred to as “Task Manager on steroids.” Even though Windows Task Manager has improved in recent years, Process Explorer still provides more detailed information about your system and the processes running on it.
  • Process Monitor – as the name implies, this tool monitors process activity, collecting data — often lots of data — about what’s happening on your system that you can filter and analyze to assist with diagnostic work.
  • Autoruns – this is the canonical tool for determining exactly what’s automatically running on your system every time you boot, sign-in, and more.

I’ve long carried my copies of these tools with me, because without fail when diagnosing some issue or another I’d need one of them.

Now you can just install the entire suite, and it’ll be automatically kept up to date by Microsoft and Windows.

It starts in the Microsoft Store

Open the Microsoft Store, and search for “SysInternals”.

Microsoft Store, searching for SysInternals
Searching the Microsoft Store for SysInternals. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Click on “Sysinternals Suite” when it appears.

Sysinternals Suite in the Microsoft Store.
Sysinternals Suite in the Microsoft Store. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

You may need to click Get to actually “own” this app in the store. (The Sysinternals Suite is completely free.) Click Install to install the suite of applications.

Once the installation is complete, the apps will simply appear in the Windows Start menu.

SysInternals apps in the Windows 10 Start menu.
SysInternals apps in the Windows 10 Start menu. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

In the Windows 10 Start menu, the apps will appear individually in the full list of apps on your machine, as shown above.

In the Windows 11 Start menu, the apps will be collected under a “Sysinternals Suite” item in “All apps”, as shown below.

SysInternals apps in the Windows 11 Start menu.
SysInternals apps in the Windows 11 Start menu. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

In both cases, there will also be a separate “Sysinternals Suite” item that is a shortcut to the Sysinternals webpage, as shown at the top of this page.

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9 comments on “Installing SysInternals Tools”

  1. Sysinternals isn’t the only toolkit now in the Windows Store. For those who use them, PowerShell7, Python3, and Rufus are others that have been added.
    In my retirement, I’ve started exploring under the hood, so to speak, to learn a little more. Not for everyone but I just thought I’d throw it out there that Microsoft is making it a little easier for people to find and keep up to date assorted tools that some may find useful.

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