On Windows, how can I find what files a given process is using? Is there software that does this?

Tag: windows Author: ft123781406 Date: 2009-08-17

I want to know the files a given process is reading/writing. Is there a program that shows this? On Windows XP. Thanks. I've tried Autohotkey Spy, Spy++, and Process Explorer. They show a lot of detail but not which files are being accessed.

Best Answer

Process Monitor

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements


I am using process monitor right now... but I don't seem to find where you can see the opened files...
view->lower_pane_view->Handles Takes a bit to populate with open files (that's why I didn't see it before.)

Other Answer1



While Filemon does the job, it is no longer maintained and has been replaced by Process Monitor: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx