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Windows 7 processIn Windows operating systems such as Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP it is very common to force kill some process which refuses to shut down and terminate by itself. Other times instead, a particular application doesn’t not respond or has stopped working and needs to be manually killed, so to speak. This quick tutorial will show you how to brute force a process to kill and close itself right away. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you have to know that a Windows process is a program or application instance that is being executed by the software itself in order to work correctly. Processes usually deal with the computer memory, operating system descriptors, computer and user permissions and other deep computer resources and threads. That’s why if a process doesn’t close and end properly you won’t be able to shut the computer or the application down.

  1. Create a shortcut on your desktop with the following command:    taskkill.exe /f /fi “status eq not responding”
  2. To create a shortcut on your computer desktop, right click and empty space on the desktop.
  3. Click New from the menu.
  4. Click Shortcut and follow the easy step-by-step guide.
  5. Use the shortcut to force kill a stubborn process on your Windows.

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4 Comments to “How to Force Kill a Process in Windows 7/Vista/XP”

  1. Dennis F. Says:

    I’ll have to remember this. I usually open the Task Manager and kill the process and application from there. Works every time.

  2. Will Rubin Says:

    Does this do anything differently than using task manager to kill a process or are they the same under the hood?

  3. mmg1818 Says:

    shortcut is this ?

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

  4. Jon1139 Says:

    Great tool!!
    I have had process that could not be killed via the task manager. I like that you can use a /pid to kill a process that still shows up as responding.

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