Shane Bartholomeusz

Technical Solutions Consultant

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Process Explorer Error: Run Process Explorer from a writeable directory

The Problem

I came across the following error while trying to run the Sysinternals Process Explorer program.

Unable to extract 64-bit image. Run Process Explorer from a writeable directory.

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What's Going On?

Process Explorer extracts and executes the appropriate x86 or x64 binary for the platform you’re on, and therefore requires elevated privileges (i.e. “Administrative rights”).

This can sometimes be a headache if you’re operating in an environment where you have “limited” access rights.

Process Explorer error screenshot
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Run a program in context of another user

As a developer, there are many times where we may need to run a program in context of another user. For example, you may need to replicate an issue that a user encountered.

The RUNAS windows command line program is your friend. From the command line run the following command to launch a program in context of another user.

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