jfitzpatrick at November 20th, 2013 12:34 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173356/ask-htg-how-do-i-kill-a-not-responding-program-when-task-manager-fails-me/
Windows informs you a program has stopped responding, you opt to close the program and nothing happens, you try to terminate it in Task Manager and nothing happens, and there you are, stuck with a failed but unslayable program. What can you do? Read on as we help an HTG reader slay his dragon.
doctordeere at November 20th, 2013 14:47 — #2
Been using Process Explorer for years to do this. I can't figure out why it wasn't bundled in the OS from day one.
mugglebornny at November 20th, 2013 16:51 — #3
Great question and answer. When I get the "not responding" message from Windows, I want to scream and I have NEVER known them to have a solution. THANK YOU for this!
edward_ward at November 20th, 2013 19:54 — #4
You hold down the power button and say "DIE MICROSOFT", reboot, download Ubuntu, burn to disk, boot from disk, use Gparted to partition your hard drive, call the partition "Storage" and move windows files to storage, make an active and swap partition, install ubuntu, tell microsoft to go to hell.
bargeo at November 20th, 2013 21:08 — #5
Off-topic but pertinent to the specific issue.
The program in question may run and close more reliably in Windows XP compatibility mode.
foo at November 20th, 2013 22:57 — #6
I've always just used taskkill /?
nsdcars5 at November 21st, 2013 05:29 — #7
Beat me to it.
taskkill /f /im lol.exe always does the job.
Hey, doesn't the Task Manager already have the End Proccess Tree thing?
kenix at November 21st, 2013 09:33 — #8
Thanks for this valuable information!
jahpickney at November 21st, 2013 19:06 — #9
I couldn't have put it better myself - except, maybe to say install Bodhi instead of Ubuntu
robindebonnecoe at November 21st, 2013 21:15 — #10
For those who might think "but I NEED Windows" you can have your cake and eat it too... just run Win-whatever in VirtualBox in your favourite Linux distro. I have a 4-gig machine - not all that flash - and I'm able to run Mint and WinXP in VirtualBox quite comfortably in it...
... and I'm not worried about Apr 2014, either: Linux is doing all the security heavy lifting. WinXP's only role is to run Windows software, which it does well. No AV, no other 'security' software running, so it runs really fast and almost never gives me issues like software hanging like when I had with all that other stuff running in the background.
flykim at November 22nd, 2013 00:21 — #11
Maybe it's just me, or maybe I'm not running buggy software (downloading & testing software of all types is a hobby of mine), but since running Win8 for a year I have still to find something apart from IE that crashes!
Still running XP as VM for some older packages that I use for testing purposes too and very stable.
I'm even running Ubuntu, Mac OS10 and OS/2 as VMs on my 4 year old Win8 (4Gb) laptop!
fosssil at November 22nd, 2013 02:07 — #12
Hi..I have used this program for a few years ...it does have the final say...I have never had a program beat it..nor has it left my PC unstable..I get it to start at PC boot time, but if its a recently started program I need to kill I click refresh...
fosssil at November 22nd, 2013 02:09 — #13
Oops...you may need this to refer to...lol..fosss
Ultimate Process Killer 2.0.2
jim_bjril at November 26th, 2013 09:40 — #14
Have you tried running the troublesome program in Compatibility Mode?
jfitzpatrick at November 30th, 2013 12:33 — #15
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