Psexec (PsTools)

Psexec (PsTools) is a toolset consisting of following tools:

  • PSexec used to execute commands at remote or get a shell from a remote system
  • PsFile used to list file and folders at remote system
  • PsGetSid used to display security identifier for remote computer or user
  • PsInfo used to get detailed information about the remote system
  • PsKill used to kill process at the remote system according to name or ID
  • PsList used to list processes in detail at the remote system
  • PsLoggedOn used to list logged on users in the remote systems
  • PsLogList used to list event logs resides on the remote systems
  • PsPasswd used to change given user password on the remote system
  • PsPing used to ping from remote system
  • PsServervice used to list and manage Windows services on the remote system
  • PsShutdown used to shutdown, log off, suspend and restart remote Windows system
  • PsSuspend used to suspend and resume processes on the remote Windows system.

Most common syntax

psexec \\computer command [arguments]
psexec @run_file [options] command [arguments]


  • computer: The computer on which psexec will run command. Default = local system
  • To run against all computers in the current domain enter “\\*”
  • @run_file Run command on every computer listed in the text file specified.
  • command: Name of the program to execute
  • arguments: Arguments to pass (file paths must be absolute paths on the target system)

Some examples:

  • Launch an interactive command prompt on \\DGEXXXXX, the CMD prompt window will appear locally:
psexec \\DGEXXXXX cmd
  • Connect to workstation64 and run IPCONFIG to display the remote PC’s IP address:
psexec \\DGEXXXXX ipconfig
  • Connect to workstation64 and list a directory:
psexec \\DGEXXXXX -s cmd /c dir c:\work
  • Execute IpConfig on the remote system, and display the output locally:
psexec \\DGEXXXXX ipconfig /all