I think I have the answer, and a way to kill the skype process with a simple shortcut that you can create yourself.
It always has worked for me, with any version of Skype.
here are the steps :
- Right-click the empty section of the desktop and select New
= > Shortcut
Type this in the window that opens:
taskkill.exe /IM skype.exe /T /F
Then hit Enter (or click on ‘Next’)
Type in the name for the shortcut (could be SkypeKill) and click ‘Finish’ (or hit Enter)
you can choose and add a nice red skype icon to your shortcut ; download one in google images, place it in a secure file you won't move.
then, right click the shortcut, properties, change/modify the icon, browse to find the folder with your icon file.
- also optional :
Pin (drag) the shortcut to the taskbar so Skype can be closed and shut down with a single click on this taskbar icon.
That’s it. What this does is:
/IM gracefully closes a process with the “image name”
/T closes all associated processes skype.exe opened
Hope it will work for all of you too, let us know if it does or not by publishing an answer here :)