Standard Processes in Windows 10

On the 29th of June, Microsoft announced the release of Windows 10, so it is time to have a deeper look at this new Operating System from the perspective of an Incident Responder. To make it easier for you to read the screenshots, I have chosen USERNAME and HOSTNAME as names for themselves.

The tool Process Hacker ( still functions in Windows 10 and shows well-known process names, parent-child relationships and familiar faces from former Windows Operating Systems. But the familiarity is short-lived. Some players are new and some players have changed their position on the playground.

System still has the PID 4 and is the parent of the Windows Session Manager. I will also mention that it still resides at %systemroot%\system32\. All services are started from executable files from their former locations, if not mentioned otherwise in this article.

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