How to install PS Exec on a Windows 10 PC?

  1. PaulaJava's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise 64 bit
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    How to install PS Exec on a Windows 10 PC?


    I watched some Youtube videos on how to "install" PS Exec. They are mostly Windows 7 tutorials. Seems like Windows 10 is a bit different.

    I tried to add it to Environmental Variables>System Variables>Path Edit>New>%SystemRoot%\System32\PSTools but it's not working.

    I have the PS Tools here: C:\Windows\System32\PSTools

    Now what?
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  2. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.928)
       #2

    What???? Is "PS Exec"?
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  3. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    PaulaJava said:
    I watched some Youtube videos on how to "install" PS Exec ...I have the PS Tools here: C:\Windows\System32\PSTools
    Paula,

    You do not have to do anything in particular. When you want to run [SysInternals, PSTools suite] PSExec you can just use its full path.
    C:\Windows\System32\PSTools\PSExec.exe

    [this was also the case in Windows 7]

    Denis

    PS Others interested in this suite of tools can see Sysinternals Suite - Microsoft Docs. Note that SysInternals is a part of Microsoft.
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  4. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.928)
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    Try3 said:
    PS Others interested in this suite of tools can see Sysinternals Suite - Microsoft Docs. Note that SysInternals is a part of Microsoft.
    Without any sort reference (or knowledge of Sysinternals) one would not know what PS Exec is.

    I am familiar with Sysinternals, I just don't use "PS Exec". I mostly use Process Explorer and Process Monitor.

    Thanks.
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  5. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    Paula,

    I have only ever used PSExec for one job - resolving an Error accessing the System Registry message when accessing Excel, VBA, Tools, References

    Just out of interest, what will you be using it for?

    Denis
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  6. PaulaJava's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise 64 bit
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    Sorry for the delay. Had to get some grub. I am using a ps1 to do a Bitlocker status on our laptop OU.

    Here is the ps1:

    Import-Module ActiveDirectory
    $searchbase = "OU=Laptops,OU=Computers,OU=FTY,OU=Service Unites,OU=PHX,OU-IHS,DC=D1,DC=NA,DC=ORG,DC=GOV"
    $computers = Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Searchbase $searchbase
    $PSScriptRoot
    $ScriptToRun= $PSScriptRoot+"\EnableWinRM.ps1"


    ForEach ($computer in $computers.name) {
    &$ScriptToRun
    Invoke-Command -ComputerName $computer -ScriptBlock {
    Import-Module xBitlocker -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    $bitlockstatus = Get-BitLockerVolume
    write-output "$env:computername | Bitlocker Status: $($bitlockstatus.ProtectionStatus)"
    Out-File "\\phxaoapps\bitlocker\recoverykey\fty\FTY-Bitlocker-Status.csv" -Append
    }
    }



    And it" referencing this ps1:

    Param([string]$computerName)Function enableWinRM { $result = winrm id -r:$global:compName 2>$null Write-Host if ($LastExitCode -eq 0) { Write-Host "WinRM already enabled on" $global:compName "..." -ForegroundColor green } else { Write-Host "Enabling WinRM on" $global:compName "..." -ForegroundColor red \\server\folder\pstools\psexec.exe \\$global:compName -s C:\Windows\system32\winrm.cmd qc -quiet if ($LastExitCode -eq 0) { \\server\folder\pstools\psservice.exe \\$global:compName restart WinRM $result = winrm id -r:$global:compName 2>$null if ($LastExitCode -eq 0) {Write-Host 'WinRM successfully enabled!' -ForegroundColor green} else {exit 1} } else {exit 1} }}$global:compName = $computerNameenableWinRMexit 0


    I don't know if the ps1 it will work. But I did finally get psexec to work. I just had to restart.
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