There are different ways to kill a process that is stuck or not responding on Windows 10. Although, Task Manager is the easiest way to terminate all such programs, there are times when the task manager too can’t get rid of certain applications. In such a scenario, you can use either Command Prompt or PowerShell to kill a not working program.
Whenever the system hardware starts conflicting with a running program, the program simply freeze or stop responding. This problem mainly arises due to lack of system resources, software bugs, or some other issues. The operating system creates a process having a unique process identifier “PID” the moment you start an application. One may use these two information to force quit a not responding process on Windows 10.
Kill Not Responding Process in Windows 10 Methods
You may use any of the below three ways to terminate not responding process in Windows 10 –
- Stop Not Responding Process via Task manager
- Kill Not Responding Process via Command Prompt
- Terminate Not Responding Process via PowerShell
1] Stop Not Responding Process via Task manager
Using Task Manager is the simplest way to kill a process that is not responding on Windows 10 device. All you need is to follow these easy steps –
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys altogether and hit Task Manager.
- Next, click “More details“.
- Right-click on the specific process/application (that you want to terminate) and tap “End task“.
Note: Alternatively, one may also press the “Del” key on the keyboard.
2] Kill Not Responding Process via Command Prompt
At times, certain processes get stuck and hence don’t terminate easily. In order to stop them, you need to execute a few codes on either command prompt or PowerShell.
Here’s how to terminate process using Command Prompt –
- First of all, Command Prompt having Administrative rights.
- On the elevated console, type “
tasklist” and hit Enter.
- A list of all running processes along with their PID numbers comes into view.
|Tip: Usually, the list is very long as this displays even the background apps and services. To make this appear short and compact, use the “
- You may delete a not responding process using either of its two characteristics i.e. Name and PID.
- Using Name –
taskkill /IM "process name" /F
- Using PID –
taskkill /F /PID pid_number
Note: In the above codes, replace “process name” with the actual name. Similarly, “pid_number” with the actual number. The “/F” implies the process is being terminated forcefully. See the Snapshot below –
You can terminate multiple processes simultaneously using Taskkill. Just note down the PID numbers of each processes that you want to kill and use them in the below command-line.
taskkill /PID 168 /PID 7792 /F
The Taskkill features several other useful options. To know them, execute the code –
3] Terminate Not Responding Process via PowerShell
Alternatively, one may also use PowerShell to kill all the processes that are not responding in Windows 10. Here’s how to perform this action –
- Launch Windows PowerShell (Admin).
- Type “
Get-Process” and hit Enter.
- Windows PowerShell will then display a list of running processes.
- Now, copy/paste the below code to kill a particular process with “Name”.
Stop-Process -Name "ProcessName" -Force
Note: Replace “ProcessName” with the actual process name like notepad, explorer, etc.
- You may kill a process using its PID number as well.
- To do so, run the below code replacing “PID” with the actual ID number –
Stop-Process -ID PID -Force
That’s it. If you have any queries or suggestions, let us know in the comment section.