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PsExec is part of the PsTools toolkit developed by Sysinternals. It enables to remotely execute commands on a Windows machine (e.g. Windows XP) from another Windows machine (e.g. Windows 7).


PsExec is part of the PsTools suite. To install it, please refer to this section.



Usage: psexec [\\computer[,computer2[,...] | @file]][-u user [-p psswd][-n s][-l]
[-s|-e][-x][-i [session]][-c [-f|-v]][-w directory][-d][-<priority>]
[-a n,n,...] cmd [arguments]


Separate processors on which the application can run with commas where 1 is the lowest numbered CPU. For example, to run the application on CPU 2 and CPU 4, enter: "-a 2,4"
Copy the specified program to the remote system for execution. If you omit this option the application must be in the system path on the remote system.
Don't wait for process to terminate (non-interactive).
Does not load the specified account's profile.
Copy the specified program even if the file already exists on the remote system.
Run the program so that it interacts with the desktop of the specified session on the remote system. If no session is specified the process runs in the console session.
If the target system is Vista or higher, has the process run with the account's elevated token, if available.
Run process as limited user (strips the Administrators group and allows only privileges assigned to the Users group).
On Windows Vista the process runs with Low Integrity.
Specifies timeout in seconds connecting to remote computers.
Specifies optional password for user name. If you omit this you will be prompted to enter a hidden password.
Note that the password is transmitted in clear text to the remote system.
Run the remote process in the System account.
Specifies optional user name for login to remote computer.
Specify a valid user name in the Domain\User syntax if the remote process requires access to network resources or to run in a different account.
Copy the specified file only if it has a higher version number or is newer on than the one on the remote system.
Set the working directory of the process (relative to remote computer).
Display the UI on the Winlogon secure desktop (local system only).
Specifies -low, -belownormal, -abovenormal, -high or -realtime to run the process at a different priority. Use -background to run at low memory and I/O priority on Vista.
Direct PsExec to run the application on the remote computer or computers specified. If you omit the computer name PsExec runs the application on the local system, and if you specify a wildcard (\\*), PsExec runs the command on all computers in the current domain.
PsExec will execute the command on each of the computers listed in the file.
Name of application to execute.
You can enclose applications that have spaces in their name with quotation marks e.g. psexec \\marklap "c:\long name app.exe".
Arguments to pass (note that file paths must be absolute paths on the target system).


Interactive mode: remotely start calc.exe

Following command will start calc.exe in interactive mode on the targeted device:

C:\pstools>psexec \\ -u pilou -p oopsoops -i "c:\windows\system32\calc.exe" 

PsExec v1.98 - Execute processes remotely
Copyright (C) 2001-2010 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals -

Non interactive mode: antivirus status

C:\pstools>psexec \\ -u pilou -p oopsoops "C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2012\" STATUS

PsExec v1.98 - Execute processes remotely
Copyright (C) 2001-2010 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals -

Starting C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2012\

Task                      State      Completion Description
 AdBlocker                 disabled
 AdBlockService            stopped
 AdvDis                    stopped
 Anti_Spam                 stopped
 AntiPhishingEx            stopped
 AntiPhishingService       stopped
 AppCat                    stopped
 AVService                 running
 AVZ_PrivacyCleaner        stopped
 AVZ_RunScript             stopped
 AVZ_Scan_Vulnerabilities  stopped
 AVZ_SecurityTweaker       stopped
 Avz_Troubleshoot          stopped
 CfResponseProvider        stopped
 CustomUrlProcess          stopped
 File_Monitoring           stopped
 Firewall                  stopped
 FTP                       stopped
 Geo_Security              stopped
 GreenZone                 stopped
 Hips                      stopped
 HipsRequester             stopped
 HipsTask                  stopped
 HTTP                      stopped
 httpscan                  stopped
 ICQ                       stopped
 ids                       stopped
 IM_Monitoring             stopped
 IMAP                      stopped
 IRC                       stopped
 Jabber                    stopped
 KASFltService             stopped
 KSN                       running
 KSN_client                stopped
 LocalizationManager       stopped
 Mail_Monitoring           stopped
 MMP                       stopped
 MSN                       stopped
 NetDetails                stopped
 NetWatch                  running
 NNTP                      stopped
 OnlineBanking             stopped
 ParCtl                    disabled
 ParCtlService_Filters     stopped
 ParCtlService_Time        stopped
 ParCtlService_URL         stopped
 ParCtlService_Words       stopped
 pdm                       stopped
 POP3                      stopped
 ProcMon                   running
 Protection                stopped
 QB                        stopped
 RDUpdater                 stopped
 Rollback                  stopped
 RollbackPatch             stopped
 SafeSearch                stopped
 SandBox                   running
 sc                        stopped
 Scan_IdleScan             completed
 Scan_My_Computer          completed
 Scan_Objects              stopped
 Scan_Qscan                completed
 Scan_Quarantine           completed
 Scan_Startup              stopped
 Scan_Vulnerabilities      stopped
 SMTP                      stopped
 SNA                       stopped
 SW2                       stopped
 SW2U                      stopped
 ThreatsDisinfector        stopped
 TimeControl               stopped
 TrafficMonitor            stopped
 UDS                       stopped
 Updater                   stopped
 VerCheck                  completed
 VirtualKeyboard           stopped
 Web_Monitoring            stopped
 WebNetStat                stopped
 WebToolBar                stopped
 WMUF                      stopped
 YHO                       stopped
 C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2012\ exited on with error code 0.

Run a shell like a telnet session

Psexec has the ability to run a shell like if you were connected via a telnet session.

The machine from which psexec is run has the IP

C:\pstools>ipconfig | find "192.168.1" 
   Adresse IPv4. . . . . . . . . . . . . .:

Now, let's remotely connect to host and run a remote prompt:

C:\Users\william>psexec \\ -u pilou -p oopsoops cmd

PsExec v1.98 - Execute processes remotely
Copyright (C) 2001-2010 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals -

Microsoft Windows XP [version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig | find "192.168.1" 
        Adresse IP. . . . . . . . .á. . . :
        Passerelle par dÚfaut . . .á. . . :

Run a program on multiple computers

Now, let's say you want to run a removal tool (let's say the remote computers are infected) on 2 computers and log the output to results.log, just issue following command;

C:\pstools>psexec \\, -c removal.exe -s 2> results.log