All of these tools can be stored and run from a USB flash drive. So that you can always have them with you when you need them most.
- Autoruns: Allows you to view and manage which programs are configured to startup automatically when your system boots and you login.
- Process Explorer: Allows you to view and manage system process. Here is a brief excerpt from the Sysinternals site, explaining what this program can do: "shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, ... you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded."
- EURNT: Backs up the Windows Registry on your local computer.
- If you don't want to use EURNT, check out MSKB 322756: How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
- Ethereal: Great for network diagnostics and troubleshooting.
- HDTune: View the S.M.A.R.T. information on your hard disk. S.M.A.R.T. is a technology that tracks the current condition of your drive (such as temperature, hours used, etc.).
- PsTools suite: Contains great tools like: PsExec, PsUptime, PsShutdown, PsLoggedOn, and more.