How To Fix Unable To Terminate Process Error

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How To Fix Unable To Terminate Process Error. In this article, you will read ‘Task Manager Is Unable To Terminate Process’ issue. Whenever a program or file stops working, we use Task Manager to kill the process. But, sometimes, the Task Manager cannot terminate the process or an Access denied error appears.

These types of errors stop the Task Manager from terminating the process and eventually unresponsive file or program doesn’t get closed. Read the article to know the solution of the ‘Unable to terminate process’ error.

How To Fix Unable To Terminate Process Error?

If Task Manager isn’t able to terminate a process, then use the below methods to terminate the process without Task Manager.

Method 1 – Use Alt + F4 Shortcut:

ALT+F4 mostly terminate any Windows. It may close the unresponsive tab if the Task manager fails to do so. Just select the unresponsive window from the Taskbar and press Alt + F4 keys on your keyboard.

Method 2 – Use The Taskkill Command In the Command Prompt:

Taskkill is a command line that can close a process. To use the Taskkill command:

1.Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run utility.
2.Type cmd.
3.Press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated Command Prompt.
4.Now, type the following command:
taskkill /im “process name” /f, here type the actual process name in place of the “process name” and press Enter.
For example: taskkill /im chrome.exe /f

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5.You can find the process name listed in the Task Manager.
6.Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
7.Move to the Details tab to check the process name of the unresponsive window.

Method 3 – Use WMIC Command Line:

WMIC is a command-line that is used to query Windows Management Instrument entries. It can be used to terminate unresponsive processes on Windows 10. To do so:

1.Open the elevated Command Prompt again.
2.Type wmic process where name=”process name” delete, but remember to add the actual process name.
3.Press Enter.

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Method 4 – Use PowerShell:

If the above methods do not work, then try this method. Use PowerShell to terminate the process. To use Windows PowerShell for terminating unresponsive processes:

1.Right-click on the Start menu.
2.This will open a pop-up menu.
3.Select the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option to open the PowerShell with administrative rights.
4.Type Get-Process.
5.Press Enter to get the list of the process id number of all the active running processes.
6.Locate the unresponsive process.
7.Note down its ID.
8.Type Stop-process -Id “process ID”, remember to change the “process ID” to the actual process ID you noted previously.
9.Press Enter.

Method 5 – Use Alternative Of Task Managers:

You can use any alternative of the Task Manager, when it fails to terminate the process. Process Hacker and Process Explorer are one of them. They display many more system details and include more options than Windows Task Manager.

Process Hacker is a great software. It debugs software, detects malware, and monitors system resources. You can use it to kill the unresponsive processes. To do so:

1.Download and install Process Hacker.
2.Then run the tool.
3.You will find all the active processes listed once you open it.
4.Locate the unresponsive process.
5.Right-click on it.
6.Select the Terminate option to kill the unresponsive process.

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Method 6 – Restart Your PC:

If none of the above methods works, the only thing that is left to do is force restart your PC. After restarting, the application that became unresponsive should work normally again.