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.
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.
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!
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.
Off-topic but pertinent to the specific issue.
The program in question may run and close more reliably in Windows XP compatibility mode.
I've always just used taskkill /?
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?
Thanks for this valuable information!
I couldn't have put it better myself - except, maybe to say install Bodhi instead of Ubuntu
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.
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!
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...
Oops...you may need this to refer to...lol..fosss
Ultimate Process Killer 2.0.2
Have you tried running the troublesome program in Compatibility Mode?
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