How to force close a Program which Task Manager cannot terminate

In this post, we will see how to force close a program, even when the program won’t close with Task Manager. To close unresponsive tasks or programs you can also use taskkill.exe, keyboard shortcut, free tool or the End tree command.

If you open the Task Manager, right-click on the process and select End task, the process should close. If it does not, go to the Details tab, right-click on the process and select End process tree. Maybe this will help. If it does not, then read on.

Force close a Program which Task Manager cannot terminate

1] Use Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut

Click on the application you want to close and then press the Alt+F4 keys together and leave them after the application closes.

2] Using Taskkill

Force close a Program which Task Manager cannot terminate

Open the Command Prompt as Administrative and run the Tasklist command, it will show you a list of all the running processes.

To view the processes, type Taskview and hit Enter.

To kill any particular process use the Taskkill command. For example to kill Chrome, run the command as:

Taskkill /IM chrome.exe /F

Where /F is used to kill the process forcefully. You can also kill any particular process by using its ID, the tasklist command displays the process ID’s as well. You can see the PID column in the screenshot. To kill any process using its ID, run the command as:

Taskkill /PID 2704 /F

Now to kill multiple processes simultaneously, run the above command with the PID’s of all the processes followed by spaces

Taskkill /PID 2704 5472 4344 /F

3] Kill a Not Responding process using a Shortcut

This post will help you if you want to kill a Not Responding process by creating a Shortcut.

4] Terminate ALL open applications instantly

See this if you want to terminate or Kill ALL running processes or open applications instantly

In the next few days we will see:

  1. Free tools to forcefully terminate a full-screen application or game
  2. How to force quit a full-screen alywas-on-top Program or Game in Windows 10.

Stay tuned!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

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