How to download and use Windows SysInternals tools locally

Sysinternals Tools are free and widely used by IT Administrators as they are handier than the built-in Windows Tools. With these tools, IT administrators no longer need to struggle to manage desktops because of insufficient capabilities of the Windows-native tools.

Despite the possibilities of the Sysinternals suite, many IT Administrators are yet to utilize the full potentials of it. See the link for a comprehensive insight of the Sysinternals tools. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/

Capabilities of the Sysinternals suite: The Sysinternals suite provides IT Administrators with better and greater control over their Windows systems than the operating system’s native tools. It is worthy to note that, almost every Sysinternals tool works across every Windows Operating System.

The tool cab ve Downloaded here: You can decide to download an individual tool or the entire suite. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/

Below is a screenshot of all available tools in the Sysinternals suite and there is no way I can discuss all of them. I will take a look at some of the most recent tools I have used and will continue to discuss these tools in detail subsequently in the future. Some popular Sysinternal tools will be discussed below. Take a look at the screenshot for many other Sysinternals Tools that are available.

The Sysinternals toolset as shown in the images above consists of many utilities such as the Autorun, Zoomit.exe, File and Disk, Networking, Process, Security, System Information, etc. These tools can be used to measure network performance, remotely execute processes, dump event log records and much more. Take a look at this Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference guide https://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/images/9780735656727/samplepages/9780735656727.pdf

How individual Sysinternals tools work: Every tool in the Sysinternals suite works differently from the other and as discussed previously, they are more effective than the built-in Windows tools such as the Process Explorer which can be used in place of the built-in Task Manager. Also, the Autoruns helps IT professionals identify and remove any software that may be slowing down a computer.

Below is the explanation of the tools above.
- PsExec: Execute processes remotely
- PsFile: Shows files opened remotely
- PsGetSid: Display the SID of a computer or a user
- PsInfo: List information about a system
- PsPing: Measure network performance
- PsKill: Kill processes by name or process ID
- PsList: List detailed information about processes
- PsLoggedOn: See who's logged on locally and via resource sharing
- PsLogList: Dump event log records
- PsPasswd: Changes account passwords
- PsService: View and control services
- PsShutdown: Shuts down and optionally reboots a computer
- PsSuspend: Suspends processes
- PsUptime: Shows you how long a system has been running since its last reboot.
- The PsTools download package includes an HTML help file with complete usage information for all the tools.
Run the PsExec.exe and agree to the license terms
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Run the CMD as an administrator and type
- PSEXEC -i -s cmd to launch CMD as System. 
Focus on PSExec and how to use it: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psexec

Also, see step 4 on how I have used this tool https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/24/single-app-kiosk-mode-configuration-using-mdm-bridge-wmi-provider/

Enable Automatic Logon on Windows 10 via AutoLogon.exe

AutoLogon provides the means to configure Windows built-in auto logon. Here the user does not need to enter his username and password, the systems (windows) automatically make use of the credentials entered in the AutoLogin and this is worth noting that this is encrypted in the Registry.

This can be done using the registry and User Account. See the link on how this is done via the registry https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/18/enable-automatic-logon-on-windows-10/

This tool is relatively easy to use, here are the steps in configuring the AutoLogon – Download the Tool https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autologon
– Extract the zipped file

– Run the Autologon.exe

– Fill in the details in the windows displayed

– And Select the Enable functionality and if successful, the dialog (window) below will be thrown.

Note: After this step, restart the system and it will logon automatically to the domain using the user account and password created. To verify this further a bit, launch the command prompt and type “whoami
This will display the domain and the username currently logon to the account.

See the following link for more tools available in the Sysinternals suite https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/25/windows-sysinternals-tools-psexec-and-auto-logon/