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Is it possible to manually set/edit a process ID/parent ID? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Example:
    If I open some applications from explorer.exe the parent id of those processes would be the PID of explorer.exe and would be shown in a view similar to this in various different process management programs:
    https://gyazo.com/c46c6ac29a9d59c70b65c16aa78a44dd 
    (Process ID/PID of explorer in this case is 1708)

    But if explorer gets restarted (which I need to do) the parent ID of explorer would be different, therefore those programs will no longer be listed under explorer.exe as explorer.exe now has a new PID.

    The parent ID of Skype (which was previously started by Explorer before the explorer restart) is now shown as "Non-existent process (1708)", and the new process ID of explorer is now "10504", so i'm just wondering if/how it would be possible to either restart Explorer using the same PID which it had before the restart, or to manually change/edit the PID of the process to match the old PID while using vb.net.

    Something like this probably isn't possible, I just thought i'd ask just in case it is.

    Monday, September 18, 2017 12:40 PM

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  • Best guess is that information is store in the registry or .dat files (binary file). For example, IE stores them in files in the path below.

    C:\Users\CurrentUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery\Last Active


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