Kill a process from the command line

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If you prefer the command line (cmd) to the graphical interface (gui), then this tip might be for you.

Fist, lets see which programs are running. Inside the command prompt window enter the following command:

tasklist

This shows you all running tasks followed by the process ID (PID).

To find a specific program or process, you can search this list:

tasklist | find "cmd"

Now you will get a list of all cmd processes running.


To end one of these processes simply execute tskill followed by the name of the process:

tskill cmd

This command will end all command prompt windows.

If you want to end a specific process, use the tasklist command again, get the PID and then use taskkill to kill this process:

taskkill /pid 3248 /t

This will kill the process with the process ID 3248.



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