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    Lightbulb End a process using Windows Task Manager

    If you notice a process is reducing your computer's performance, because it either uses a high percentage of central processing unit (CPU) resources or a large amount of random access memory (RAM). You can use Task Manager to end the process. However, you should try closing your open programs to see if the process ends before using Task Manager to end the process.

    Be careful when ending processes. If you end a process associated with an open program, such as a word-processing program, that program will also close and you will lose any unsaved data. If you end a process associated with a system service, some part of the system might not function properly.

    • Right click on Task Bar to open Task Manager.
    • Click the Processes tab to see a list of all the processes that are currently running under your user account and a description of each process. To view all of the processes currently running on the computer, click Show processes from all users. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    • Click a process, and then click End Process.

    • To see if any services are running in a particular process, such as svchost.exe, right-click a process and then click Go to Services. Any services associated with the process are highlighted on the Services tab. If you don't see any highlighted services, then the process doesn't have any services associated with it.
    • To view more information about any process running in Task Manager, right-click the process, and then click Properties. In the Properties dialog box, you can view information about the process, including the location and size. Click the Details tab to view detailed information about the process.

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    Another easy way is with Process Explorer ( Process Explorer ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Another easy way is with Process Explorer ( Process Explorer ).
    Good one...but I aint have every time at every PC...then only Task Manager and tasklist.exe help me a lot.

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    Here are some eg. which will show you how to use it effectively.
    TASKKILL /S system /F /IM notepad.exe /T
    TASKKILL /PID 1230 /PID 1241 /PID 1253 /T
    TASKKILL /F /IM notepad.exe /IM mspaint.exe
    TASKKILL /F /FI "PID ge 1000" /FI "WINDOWTITLE ne untitle*"
    TASKKILL /S system /U domain\username /FI "USERNAME ne NT*" /IM *
    TASKKILL /S system /U username /P password /FI "IMAGENAME eq note*"

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