Tools and Utilities
How to kill a process from command line in Windows 7
Posted Date: 29-Jun-2010
Tools and Utilities
This article explains How to kill a process in Windows 7 from the command line which is easier to kill a process rather than using task manager
To kill a process in Windows 7 using Command prompt
Every one knows to kill a process in Windows using Task Manager Wizard.
Normally we are making use of
keys to show up the task manager wizard to kill the
memory eating processor
"Not responding" process
. Alternatively we can also make use of
Windows command prompt to kill the process
There are some more commands available like
tasklist, tskill and taskkill
and it can be used in command prompt.
"Tasklist" utility displays a list of programs/processes which are running in a local or remote machine with information like how much memory and CPU time is used by a process. It will also shows the session name and Process ID (PID) of each process. Each process is assigned with an unique number.
will show the Image Name, PID, Session Name, Session, Mem Usage (Kilo Bytes).
you can connect to a remote system to check for the running process and to kill the remote machine process.
tasklist /S remotesystemname
will show the list of process running in the remote machine.
will show additional details like Status, CPU Time, and Window Title.
tasklist –FI "STATUS eq unknown"
will show all the process with unknown as status.
will list the service hosted in each process.
For more options on tasklist command check the help using
"Tskill" to kill the process based on the process name or processid which is running in a local machine or in a remote machine.
will kill all notepad opened in the system.
will terminate the application which is running with process id 1783
tskill /SERVER:mytestserver notepad /A
will terminate the notepad which is running on the server which is running in ALL sessions.
For more advanced options on tskill command check the help using
"Taskkill" will terminate a process similar like tskill, but we can use Image Name or PID with filter option in a local machine or in a remote machine.
taskkill /IM notepad.exe
will terminate the notepad.exe
taskkill /PID 2324 /PID 23444 /PID 3444 /T
will terminate multiple PID and also its child processes which were started by the parent process.
taskkill /PID 2344 /F
will forcefully terminate the process with process id 2344.
For more options on taskkill command check the help using
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Responses to "How to kill a process from command line in Windows 7"
Guest Author: detroy 03 Dec 2013
C:\Windows\system32>taskkill /IM K7AVScan.exe /f
ERROR: The process "K7AVScan.exe" with PID 6528 could not be terminated.
Reason: Access is denied.
What is the solution?
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