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How to Close Unresponsive Programs with Taskkill in Windows 7



It may happen that a program becomes unresponsive and cannot be closed even though you use the Task Manager (CTRL+Shift+Esc) to kill its process. Fortunately, you can use the Taskkill command to kill unresponsive programs in Windows 7.

Get Started

1. Press Windows Logo + R, type cmd and press Enter to launch the command prompt window.



2. Run now this command to display all running tasks and processes:

tasklist 



3. From the displayed list, locate the unresponsive task or program to close. When located, use its PID displayed in the second column, then run this command:

taskkill /PID 3732 /F

Replace 3732 with your program or process PID (Process ID). This command will force the program to close. If the operation is successful, you will see this result:

       >taskkill /PID 3732 /F
        SUCCESS: The process with PID 3732 has been terminated.

That's it.

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