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What is the correct terminology for "software" that doesnt really install on a windows device. I.e. you download it in a zip file extract the cotents and find its just an exe that you can run  - as opposed soemthing like office that puts an entry in program files?

Also - are there any freebies for windows platform to monitor or perhaps record the impact running a lightweight tool would have on a windows server?
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Process Explorer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653 for monitoring CPU usage.

>>  its just an exe that you can run

Portable application is one term for it.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_application  May not qute be the term you are looking for.
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Can process explorer record the total impact it took whilst running the softwares "scan"?

Portable app sounds about right - what is the correct term for software that offically "installs" on a machine such as MS word
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>>  Can process explorer record the total impact it took whilst running the softwares "scan"?

Yep.  It monitors itself as well.

>>  what is the correct term for software that offically "installs" on a machine such as MS word

Not sure what you'd call it.   Application is as good as a term.

But wait for other commenters.  They may have better answers.
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>>  Can process explorer record the total impact it took whilst running the softwares "scan"?

Yep.  It monitors itself as well.


Could you detail how I record this information for a specific 'portable app' ? It is just a basic audit tool and I want to demonstrate how lame it is in terms of performance impact to our admin but having not used PE before how to do it would be good.
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Install Process Explorer and then run your application and then open up Process Explorer.

You can see the CPU usage of all of the running applications.

In the attached example you can see Process Explorer is taking 0.78% of CPU and so is Windows Explorer.
ProcessExplorer.jpg
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