SyncTools is a meta-tool that keeps a folder on your computer up-to-date with all the latest tools from Sysinternals. Simply pick a folder where you would like to keep the Sysinternals tools and run SyncTools.exe in that folder. It will download all of the tools and check for updates on tools it previously downloaded. Any time Mark Russinovich publishes an updated version or even a completely new tool, simply rerun SyncTools.exe to download it for you.
Download SyncTools.exe and copy it to a local folder such as C:\Tools.
The first time you run SyncTools.exe it will download all of the tools.
When new tools or updates are available, simply rerun SyncTools.exe to check for updates and it will download updates as necessary.
A * prefix means it’s a new file while a u prefix mean it’s an update. If there’s a problem with a download then a ! prefix is used and a description hints at the problem.
In the screenshot above, I didn’t have a copy of Autoruns, LiveKd and PsKill were updated, but I left Process Explorer running and SyncTools was not able to update it. The solution is simple: simply close the tool in question and rerun SyncTools and it will try to download the update again.
How it works
I wrote this little tool a few years back as an excuse to use asynchronous WinHTTP and it has served me well. Last night I rewrote it from scratch as I had some new techniques I wanted to explore. This version is simpler, although not quite as fast as it only downloads one file at a time.
The first thing it does is download the Sysinternals directory listing. If SyncTools was previously run it will then check the file signatures from the directory listing with the information from the last run. Only new or updated files will be download.
By default, it ignores the following files either because the web server won’t serve them up anyway or because they just aren’t of any use.
If you would like to tailor this list, simply create a text file in your tools folder called .SyncIgnore and place any file name patterns in it, each on its own line.
Finally, you can use the -u and -d arguments to tweak the tool’s behavior. The -u argument lets you provide an alternative URL and the -d argument lets you specify something other than the current directory to sync to.
SyncTools.exe -d C:\Tools -u http://live.sysinternals.com