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Spotify first killed itself but "something of it" kept lingering which was detectable as a task with PID 8664 and judging from the fact that RAM usage kept changing from time to time - it "did something".

Now first of all this process kept me from listening to music because Spotify refused to restart due to this instance hanging around.

So I tried to get rid of this process. But neither task manager nor the taskkill command (as Admin of course) succeeded in doing so.

taskkill at least gave me a "reason" which I will translate here.

>taskkill /pid 8664 /f
>taskkill /im spotify.exe /f

both gave:

ERROR: The process "spotify.exe" with PID 8664 could not be terminated.
Reason: There is currently no instance executed by this task.

I would like to know what that means and whether there is another option of how to terminate such a process.

(Windows 7 Pro 64 bit)

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It means that Spotify is either not running or you have the wrong process id. Its not possible to "hide" a process in Windows. How did you determine the process id in question was connected to Spotify. –  Ramhound Nov 14 '13 at 12:01
there was nothing "hidden" and the PID was correct –  Raffael Nov 16 '13 at 17:40

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