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Windows 7: Help reading Process Explorer please?

25 Mar 2016   #1
mikehende

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Help reading Process Explorer please?

Hey guys, my HP dc7900 win7 pro machine 'sometimes' locks up and sometimes I hear like the fan is running at high speed for a little while without myself doing much to say that I am putting stress on the unit. I observed Speedfan but not much CPU change to talk about and the unit is always cool to the touch so no overheating issues. Someone told me about Process Explorer, I am looking at it but don't know what to look for in it, help please?


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25 Mar 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In your case the PE can only help you find out which process is using how much CPU time.


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25 Mar 2016   #3
mikehende

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

That's no different than what task manager shows?
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25 Mar 2016   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are some other good uses - e.g. this:

Error Message - Where Does it Come From
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25 Mar 2016   #5
mikehende

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Thanks, will keep that handy!
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25 Mar 2016   #6
mikehende

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

BTW, I am getting a brand new i5 pc next week, it comes with win10 but I want it with win7, do you guys prefer win7 too and mind telling me why or why not please?
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25 Mar 2016   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Maybe looking at Task Manager Resource Monitor would help.
It might be something using the Disk.

If it's some GPU intensive program causing the fan to run full speed, i'm not sure what utility would show that info.
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25 Mar 2016   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I stayed on Win7 because that is solid like a rock. I have heard too many negative stories about Win10 so I stay away from it. However, in all fairness it should be said that some people seem to have no problems with it.
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25 Mar 2016   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

If you are looking for clues to a specific issue, rather than task manager or process explorer you may find that Process Monitor is more use, as you can use it to record the status of various parts of the windows system on a roiling basis, which will allow you to actually see the process that causes your lock-up. Unfortunately it's not an easy option but it is fully documented on the sysinternals site
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25 Mar 2016   #10
mikehende

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Ok thanks, I will look into the Process Monitor. Yes i know folks who use win10 and even win8 without any problems but somehow those two never appealed to me.
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