Sysinternals tools Live!

Sysinternals was a company (that got bought by Microsoft) that has created a huge
number of troubleshooting applications for Windows. It is very likely that if you have ever
been engaged in troubleshooting a Windows system you have used one of their tools to
find the problem affecting the system.

The major issue I had with these tools that you actually needed to have them around with you
when you needed them – which in time of need you never had. Now, Microsoft and Sysinternals
have made these tools available to be started from the Internet (no more file hunting) at:

http://live.sysinternals.com

The first file in the directory is a text file that explains what they are trying to achieve through this
site:

What is this?

This is a file share allowing access to all Sysinternals utilities. We have developed this to test an alternate distribution mechanism for our utilities.

This will allow you to run these tools from any computer connected to the Internet without having to navigate to a webpage, download and extract the zip file.

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Windows Sysinternals, it is highly recommended that you visit the website at http://technet.microsoft.com/sysinternals before using these tools.

If you have any questions or comments on this file share, please email syssite@microsoft.com

Regards,

The Microsoft Windows Sysinternals Team

 

If you want to run one of their tools, instead of having to download the tool from the homepage,
you can use the following syntax at a RUN command:

\\live.sysinternals.com\tools\<toolname>

 

An additional interesting option is to add this location is a Network Location in Vista. This
way you will always have a folder available to you under the Computer icon with the latest versions
of the tool:

  1. Double click the Computer icon
  2. Right click an empty space and choose: ‘Add a Network Location’,press Next
  3. Select ‘Choose a custom network location’ and press next
  4. In the text box enter:\\live.sysinternals.com\tools and press Next
  5. Choose a name for the location and press Next
  6. Press Finish

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