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    Microsoft Spy++ Alternatives

    Microsoft Spy++ is described as 'Spy++ (SPYXX.EXE) is a Win32-based utility, included in Microsoft Visual Studio , that gives you a graphical view of the system’s processes, threads, windows, and window messages' and is a Process Monitoring Tool in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Microsoft Spy++ for Windows, Linux,.NET Framework, and Mac. The best alternative is SystemExplorer, which is free. Other great apps like Microsoft Spy++ are WinSpy++ (Free, Open Source), Window Detective (Free, Open Source), WinSpy (Free, Open Source) and Winspector Spy (Free).

    This page was last updated Jan 19, 2022

    1. System Explorer is an enhanced Taskmanager that provides detailed information about running processes, startup programs, IE add-ons (BHOs), drivers, services network connections, system resources and more.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • .NET Framework
      Note: WinSpy++ appears to have been superceded by WinSpy. WinSpy++ is a handy programmer's utility which can be used to select and view the properties of any window in the system. WinSpy is based around the...
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      Most users think WinSpy++ is a great alternative to Microsoft Spy++.

    2. Window Detective is a programmer's tool used to "spy" on an application's windows and allows you to view and even modify some of its properties.
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      Window Detective vs Microsoft Spy++ opinions
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      Open Source, pain free installation, works on windows 7 using for development now 10 minutes after discovering it.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      It does almost all things spy does, but it can not show messages for children of a window. That is not supported here.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      WinSpy is a tool for retrieving details of an open window in the Windows desktop environment. It appears that it has superceded WinSpy++.
    3. Have you ever used Spy++ that comes with MSVC? If you have then you know what Winspector is - but take out all of the annoyances of Spy++ and add in a big bag of handy tweaks and features. NOTE: is dead, you can download this app from Softpedia (...

      Discontinued is dead, but last version of Winspector Spy, 1.0b Build 37, can be still downloaded from Softpedia or AutoHotKey (see the comment).

      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      WinID is controls & windows identification utility that is both powerful and compact. Its main purpose is to give an easy way to retrieve information about Microsoft Windows controls visually right off the screen.
    4. Processes is a power tool to help you monitor and control the processes running on your Mac. It provides both a wide overview of the activity on your system, while also allowing you to drill-down to the inner workings of each individual process.
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    5. Python System Monitor (Psymon) is a cross-platform, task and performance monitor. Features: Global processes monitoring. System load history (cpu,memory,network and disks). Disks informations. Network connections.


      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.0, released in December 2011, can be still downloaded from Google Code Archive

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    6. The Extended Task Manager provides additional Windows process management features and information about disk activity and network port usage.
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    7. TaskInfo is a poweful utility that combines and improves features of Task Manager and System Information tools. It visually monitors (in text and graphical forms) different types of system information in any Windows system (95, 98, ME, NT 4.
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