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Identify which program has a file/directory open

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Process Explorer shows you information about which handles, and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. Ever wondered which program has a file or directory open? Now you can find out by using this little software.

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This software tells you which files are currently open by which program on your computer. That feature might be extremely useful in some cases – helping you choose which process blocking the software from closing or not working correctly.

This little application gives you full information on all the svchost processes running on your computer. The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

When you mouse over any process, you can see the command line that launched that particular process, the path to the exe file and all of the Windows services currently in use by that process. If you right-click on it, you can instantly go online and find more information about the executable file as well.

Process Explorer can be used to track down problems. For example, it provides a means to list or search for named resources that are held by a process or all processes. This can be used to track down what is holding a file open and preventing its use by another program.

Process Explorer main features

  • View every running process on your Windows computer,
  • Display an icon and company name next to each process,
  • Real-time CPU resource consumption of the process,
  • Kill process individually or suspend the entire process tree,
  • Set priority and security features of each process,
  • Export process dump list options

Process Explorer is a free software from Microsoft, which is a must have for anyone using Windows.


  • Display full information about processes running on your PC
  • Suspend, temporary stop and restart-to-kill processes on your computer
  • Supports processes and services


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