Process Explorer v14: Good changes or not?

On Nov. 16 Microsoft’s SysInternals group released an update of the SysInternals Suite.  Some of the most notable changes in this release are related to the famous & fantastic Process Explorer.  The announcement for v14 of Process Explorer from SysInternals’ blog states (emphasis added):

This major update to Process Explorer adds a slew of enhancements and new functionality including network and disk monitoring, an improved multi-tab system information dialog, additional memory statistics, a new column that shows aggregate CPU usage for a tree of processes, improved DLL scanning performance and accuracy, command-lines in process tree tooltips, support for more than 64 CPU systems, and more.

I like most of the features and changes, although I have no way of testing the >64 CPU support 😉  I like the Tree CPU column, command-line args info in process tooltip (particularly useful for services), and network and disk monitoring.  I don’t, however, like the change to the (solely) multi-tab system information dialog.  Why not?  Let’s take a before & after look.

Process Explorer v12, System Information dialog screenshot
Process Explorer v12, System Information dialog

And now screenshots from v14:

Process Explorer v14, System Information - CPU screenshot
Process Explorer v14, System Information - CPU Tab

The new System Information dialog only shows one ‘metric’ at a time – CPU, Memory or I/O. I wish they’d kept the original as an All tab. In previous versions provided some sense of correlation between the three in time. The options now are to switch back and forth between tabs – reduced correlation effect – or go back to good ol’ PerfMon.

In case you wanted to see the Memory and I/O tabs…

Process Explorer v14, System Information - Memory Tab screenshot
Process Explorer v14, System Information - Memory Tab
Process Explorer v14, System Information - I/O Tab screenshot
Process Explorer v14, System Information - I/O Tab

BTW, it’s mildly interesting to note that Process Explorer jumped from version 12 to version 14.  I guess the SysInternals folks are pretty superstitious about 13th releases!

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