Some programs I run can't be killed and terminated even from the Task Manager. Sometimes they can be terminated but it takes too long. I want a method that always kills them instantly. Is there any application or command for this?

Edit: It takes too long to exit some programs, especially those which work with IO (xcopy etc). I want a way to kill them quickly. In Linux, when you kill a program it will be terminated quickly. Why can't I do it in Windows 7?

  • In Linux when you kill a program it will be terminated instantly.is there any such way in windows? – abdolahS May 30 '14 at 6:35
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    Perhaps someone could post a link to the reasoning given to discourage kill -9 type program exits? You're not giving the program a chance to exit gracefully, risking corruption, left over files, blood, gore, just messy. "Takes too long"? You're in that much of a hurry? Wow. – lornix May 30 '14 at 7:01
  • @lornix , No I'm not very hurry.it takes too long only for some programs, specially programs which work with IO. – abdolahS May 30 '14 at 12:24

Introducing the taskkill command

syntax: taskkill /f /im nameofApplication.exe

or you can do it manually:

  1. Start Task Manager
  2. In the Applications Tab right click the running or not responding application and hit Go to process
  3. You will be redirected to the process of the program, right click and hit End Process Tree
  4. The program will now forcibly quit

Hope this helps!

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  • it takes too long to exit some program. specially those which work with IO(xcopy,...). I want a way to kill it quickly. – abdolahS May 30 '14 at 12:25
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    You have to be patient, sometimes the specs of your machine also affects the time needed to completely remove the process and the type of process you'd like to kill. I am also a linux user and I agree with you that killing a process is really easy but you have to accept the fact the windows is different. – stack Jun 2 '14 at 3:59

You could use help from Process Hacker, you can suspend, terminate, and end process trees in almost instantaneously.

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