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    How to Kill Tasks from Command Prompt


    How to Kill Tasks from Command Prompt (without Task Manager).

    Few days back my laptop with Windows XP OS started giving problems. Moreover, I was unable to open the Task Manager. I rely on Task Manager to kill the non responding processes as most of us do.

    I started searching for other ways to Kill the Tasks (with out Task Manager). After a while, I found an alternative solution which works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating system. One can view all the processes running on your system via command prompt and kill them!

    Kill Tasks or Processes from Command Prompt – Windows

    1. Open Command Prompt via Start -> Run… and type cmd and hit Enter.
    2. After Command prompt is opened, type “tasklist”
    3. Check below the list of processes or task running on my Laptop. Each row has process name and PID number.
      Kill Tasks from Command Prompt
    4. Note down the PID number of the Process you want to kill. For ex: PID number : 716, Process Name : GoogleUpdate.exe
    5. To kill the process or task, Type “tskill” (without the quotes) then space and the PID number.
      For ex: c:\> tskill 718
    6. The above command will kill the Process with PID number 718

    In this way, you could kill the process or do lots of other things from command prompt that you can do with Task Manager.

    Hope you liked this trick. If you have any other tricks. Do share by leaving a comment!

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    20 Comments

    1. Paul says:

      A week or so ago, my task manager bugged out and I had no clue how to handle that — what do you do when the program you use to end tasks isn’t working? I had to Google around to find this. Good post, definitely

    2. Deca says:

      Nice tips, I’ve never known before

    3. Jonny says:

      I tend to use Process Explorer from sysyinternals as a taskman replacement. It also uses ctrl alt del but may not have worked for you in this case. Using the cmd line is a great tip.

    4. G Web says:

      Task Manager is my last resort as well, and sometimes I find myself pulling my laptops battery out to reset the thing. I am bookmarking this tip, thank you for sharing it with us.

    5. Lyndi says:

      I have made a note of this. I am still running XP on my notebook and might just find a need for this.

    6. Yeah, the most common reason for such problems is viruses and trojans. And the latest virus that is nowdays circulating an many PCs is the New Folder virus. It disables your Task Manager, and you can

    7. Design Miami says:

      You can do almost anything from the command prompt. Too bad you need to know exact commands by heart or you won’t achieve anything. Still it’s an amazing “tool” if you know how to use it.

    8. Discon says:

      Explorer from sysyinternals as a taskman replacement, I find myself pulling my laptops battery out to reset the thing. I am bookmarking this tip, thank you for sharing it with us, I have heard about process explorer but never used it. Need to check that out. It also uses ctrl alt del but may not have worked for you in this case. Using the cmd line is a great tip.

    9. Deepak says:

      It could have been a bit more elaborated
      anyways its a good post

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