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procmon.exe location

I recently noticed a folder in my Windows 10 Downloads folder titled "ProcessMonitor" with preocmon.exe and procmon64.exe in it.

How did it get here? And do I need to keep it there?

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Somebody downloaded it. That's the only way for it to get there. Note however that you wouldn't have downloaded the exes as it doesn't ship that way. Instead you would have downloaded the archive file and then extracted them to here. Nothing in the downloads folder is needed permanently. This is just where your browser downloads files to. If you don't want or need them then remove it. You can also do so through the browser window (at least for Edge).

If you don't need process monitor then you can remove it. If you do need it then I recommend you move it someplace else. It doesn't matter where but if you want to be able to run it easily then perhaps someplace easily accessible like your documents folder or perhaps a utility folder that you have created. Doesn't matter though.

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Thank you for the info! silly question but how do I know if I need it? What would it be used for?

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If you don't know why you need it then you don't need it :}

But seriously procmon is a process utility that we sometimes use to debug problems. It allows us to monitor the files, registry and network calls being made by processes in a system. The most common use case for this tool is when something fails and we believe it could be related to one of the above calls. We run the tool, filter to the process we care about and then watch the calls go by. When we see an error we can use that to diagnose why the process is failing (e.g. trying to access a file that doesn't exist or trying to write to a file that we do not have access to). It is one of the diagnostic tools in our arsenal.

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thank you!

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