Kill process instantly when Program is Not Responding in Windows 7 | 8

If a Program is not responding, it means that a problem has occurred in the program and it is therefore interacting more slowly than usual with Windows. You can choose to wait for it to start working automatically or you can kill or terminate the non-responding program.

To kill non-responding or hung  or frozen applications in Windows 8 | 7, normally one opens the Task Manager, and right-clicks on the process and selects End Task. You may also try Alt+F4 to close the application, but it may not help if the process is frozen. What you can do I to create a desktop shortcut to kill such Not Responding applications, and terminate them in a click.

Program is Not Responding

Using TaskKill

To create a shortcut to kill non responding programs in Windows instantly, right-click on an empty area on your desktop.

Select New > Shortcut. In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type :

taskkill.exe /f /fi “status eq not responding”

Click Next.

Name the shortcut : TaskKiller. Click Finish. Then select an appropriate icon for it !

The shortcut uses the Taskkill command to identify and terminate application/s that are Not Responding.

Alternatively, you could create a .bat file (right-click desktop > New > Notepad) with the following matter:

@echo off
  taskkill.exe /f /fi “status eq not responding”

Save it as .bat file.

Use freeware

Process Assassin: You can also use a 3rd-party tool, like freeware Process Assassin. This tool enables the user to select a Not Responding application and terminate it immediately without calling any other external programs. There are options available too.


Task KillerThis tool offers a neat way to unload frozen applications, processes or services. It shows the tasks, windows and/or services in a pop up menu.

One Click App Killer: This tool doesn’t have a interface. Once you run it, your cursor gets transformed into a small round target. You basically have to click anywhere on the frozen application’s interface to terminate it instantly. Basically, this utility is a windows clone of Xkill, from the Unix world.

Check this post if you want to find out how you can Terminate ALL running applications instantly.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.