We've all had that moment where we needed to CTRL-ALT-DELETE and open Task Manager to forcefully end a program that's not responding. But what do I do when Task Manager itself doesn't respond?

Task manager not responding.

  • To be clear, this is a fresh install of Windows 8. – arao6 Aug 6 '14 at 20:15

If you can get to a command prompt, use the TASKKILL command.


Open a Powershell prompt (you may have to right click and run as Admin depending on the app)

Type ps and hit enter

Find the name of the offending program

Then type Stop-Process -processname notepad replace notepad with the process name

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