If you’re looking for a process explorer for Windows 7 don’t look too far! SysInternals (acquired in 2006 by Microsoft) provides a lot of useful tools to analyse and manage your system. They also provide a free process explorer for Windows 7.
SysInternals process explorer is capable of analyzing all of your current process. Unlike the task manager of Windows 7 it will also show sub-processes, e.g. all sub-processes of the system process. Sometimes, the system process is going crazy and you don’t know for what reason, then it’s a good idea to use a process explorer.
Another handyprocess manager for Windows 7 for Windows 7 is ProcessHacker.
You will quickly find the process that is eating up all the resources when you’re using the process explorer. If you have a dmp file (dump file) because your system crashed you can use some other tools of SysInternals to analyze the dmp files. For more details read our tutorial how to open dmp files in Windows 7 that will also explain you how to load symbols.
Tip: If you also want to display the names of the thread start functions you should configure symbols (Options / Configure Symbols).