How to force close a program on a Computer Windows

Have you tried to close a running program on your computer but it pops up a responding window and shows you some options to either Close the program or to Wait for the program to respond?. Don’t panic! When a problem like this arises, just follow these simple step-by-step technical procedures.

 

Methods

 

There are two methods to do it using command prompt

  • Force-close a Program in Windows with the program name
  • Force-close a Program in Windows with the program PID. (Learn more about Program name and program PID)

Force-close a Program in Windows with the program name

 

Procedures:

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type cmd into the search box and press Enter.
  3. Type tasklist into the Command Prompt. You’ll then see a list of tasks and programs running on your computer.
  4. Enter taskkill/im [name of the program].exe . For example, if you want to quit Chrome, you’d enter Taskkill /IM “Chrome.exe” /F.
  5. Press Enter.
 
 

Force-close a Program in Windows with the program PID

 

Procedures

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type cmd into the search box and press Enter.
  3. Type tasklist into the Command Prompt. You’ll then see a list of tasks and programs running on your computer.
  4. Enter taskkill/im [PID of the program].exe . Example, if you want to close chrome, you’d enter taskkill/im Taskkill /PID #### /F.
  5. Press Enter.
You should see a confirmation message once you’ve completed these steps.