Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Scripting Guide
Everything that takes place on a computer is somehow connected to a process - a running instance of an application or executable file. Because processes underlie all the activities on a computer, it is important that you routinely monitor and manage processes and process performance. Doing so provides a window into how a computer is being used, enables you to quickly correct software-related problems, and even allows you to anticipate trouble before it occurs. These activities can be greatly facilitated by the scripting technologies available in the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 family of operating systems.