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How to Shut Down Applications (Not Responding)

by Confed / January 27, 2008 10:30 AM PST

Applications that hit a snag need to be shut down. But when I do a CTRL-ALT-DEL and try to close them, I often get no response. Zero. I can keep doing it, but always with the same results.

Is there a way, or is there an application, that will force an application to shut down? And why doesn't Microsoft's Windows Task Manager end the task?

Thanks for any assistance!

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It happens occasionally
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 4:48 PM PST

Can you tell from the warning notice which programs cause this?

Is it just one program or different ones each time, and how often does this happen?

There could be a number of reasons, from badly coded software, to virus/spyware damage, to system configuration, to housekeeping issues.

Tell us more about your system and which programs, and let us know what anti-malware steps you take.


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After Running an Online AV/AS SCan (If You Can),
by tobeach / January 27, 2008 4:50 PM PST

then try running System File Checker (SFC) to correct sys file errors.
Likely you have software conflicts (2AVs/2Firewalls/ older SP1 programs
on a now SP2 machine)? Task Mgr is probably "hung" by hung app.

Can you tell more (Exactly which apps? same over&over or several different)? Read & supply info in red above on post page.
Good Luck! Wink

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Sometimes there are interdependencies ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 28, 2008 10:35 AM PST

between processes and before one can be shut down thos dependant on it must be.

sometimes it is "just because" and for those times sometimes the command line TASKKILL used with the /F (force) and or the /T (tree kill which terminates child processes) will work.

To use it you also should be familiar with TASKLIST although the PID can be obtained from the TaksManager Process tab too.

You can get info on syntax and available switches here:

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Freeware Program?
by Confed / January 30, 2008 8:21 AM PST

Thanks, all.

Many times the program is Outlook. Or sometimes it's Explorer 7. Or some other ap. It will just not shut down.

It seems that there was a freeware program that actually forced Windows to stop the process. Microsoft should have made Windows end the task by force, but for some reason hitting the "End Task" box just doesn't do any good.

Back in the CP/M days, there was a program you could run between each of your programs in memory. If you typed "Release" at the prompt, it would just remove everything up to the next marker; thus, you could remove them from memory that way.

If anyone knows of the freeware program, I'd like to try it. It's supposed to force Windows into abandoning the program, even though after saving your work, you were supposed to reboot.

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