Kill Windows Processes That Refuse to Terminate

by on June 7th, 2010

Sometimes some applications won’t just die and hang like forever and there is no way you can terminate that application. Not even when you open Windows Task Manager, find the application process, right click on it and select End Process. It just stays there. Nothing happens. The process is still running and the dead application continues to cause high CPU utilization to the point where you can’t do much with your computer and you have to restart. We have got a solution just for that.

Download PSTools

Open the PsTools folder and copy pskill.exe to your System32 folder. (because applications in System32 folder can be executed using command prompt)

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del
Windows Task Manager will be opened
Click Processes tab
There will not be PID
Enable PID by clicking view > Select Columns
Check PID box
View image below

enable pid in task manager

Alright, now you have got the PID. PID is the Process Identifier for every application.

Now the next time when any application refuses to go away, you need to know its PID using task manager and run command using command prompt.

pid kill process via pstools and task manager

Command is pskill
pskill 1001

1001 is PID number for application you want to terminate.
That’s it.
Hope it helps.