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Kill Processes From The Command Prompt In Windows 7

We all at one time or another have used the Task Manager to kill some particular process, no doubt the  task manager  offers a great way to manage processes but have you ever tried to kill multiple processes with the task manager? You can kill only one process at a time. Windows lets you manage processes from the command line, letting you kill multiple processes simultaneously. Windows 7 supports Tasklist and Taskkill commands to display all  running tasks and kill a set of active processes, respectively. In this post, we will let you know how to use these commands in both Windows 7.

Search the CMD utility from Start Search. Right-click it and select it Run as administrator from right-click context menu.

Once CMD utility is launched, run the tasklist command, it will show you a list of all the running processes.

Command Prompt

Now you can kill any particular process by running the  Taskkill command. For example to kill Google Chrome, run the command as:

Taskkill /F /IM chrome.exe

where /F is used to kill the process forcefully. You can also kill any particular process by using it’s ID, the tasklist command displays the process ID’s as well (you can see the PID column in the screenshot). To kill any process using it’s ID, run the command as:

Taskkill /PID 364 /F

Now to kill multiple processes simultaneously, run the above command with the PID’s of all the processes.

Taskkill /PID 266 234 222  /F

It’s that easy. Enjoy!

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