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How do I kill an unresponsive process or task in Windows when it becomes completely unresponsive (window becomes a ligt grey, cursor a rotating blue ring)?

  • Clicking [X] or trying to end process in taskmgr has no effect [status is unresponsive].
  • Task can't be killed using Process Explorer [procexp] or with any of the following:
    TaskKill /f /pid %pid%
    
    TaskKill /f /im %exec.exe%
    
    Stop-Process -Force -Name $name
    
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  • Well, in such situations, I always know how to end them: shutdown /r /t 0 and they are killed for good... Dec 27 '20 at 8:41
  • No replies? Then it seems the only right answer really is restarting... Dec 27 '20 at 9:20
  • For explanation see Can't kill a sleeping process (Linux but applies here too).
    – harrymc
    Dec 27 '20 at 9:49
  • But I am on Windows... Dec 27 '20 at 10:11
  • @harrymc That only explains it, I can confirm it's the same case, but it doesn't provide any real solution... Dec 27 '20 at 10:15
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To end unkillable processes, use WMIC [Windows Management Instrumentation Console] in cmd or powershell, replace the variables with the PID/name of the process to kill:

  • cmd (variable: %pid%):
    WMIC Process where ProcessID=%pid% delete
    
  • powershell (variable: ${name}):
    WMIC Process where Name="${name}.exe" delete
    
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You can give a try to use this code in a batch file :

@echo off 
Mode 90,3 & color 0B
Title Killing All Applications with Status equal to NOT RESPONDING
Taskkill /f /FI "STATUS eq NOT RESPONDING"
pause
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  • Did you read my question? I said the process can't be taskkilled, it does not accept terminating signals... Dec 28 '20 at 8:11

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