Throughout the day you may run numerous programs on your device. Some may shut down the device once the task is done while some may just leave the device on sleep mode. It all just depends upon the users. For me, I just put my device to sleep mode when I am not using the device. There may be many of you does the same thing and you must have gone through the same problem as I do. The Windows system lag is one of the major we all face in such a case. When using any apps/ programs sometimes one task may experience long pauses. This causes unresponsiveness on the system and it is quite frustrating. You cannot even close that unresponsive task by clicking on the ‘X’ button. And the solution to this is the forced shutdown of a program. There are different ways to force a shutdown of a task. Today we will be discussing two of the most effective method- Using Task Manager and Using Command Prompt in Windows 10.

How to force shutdown unresponsive program/ task in Windows 10 using Task Manager?

Task Manager is one of the most useful and used tools present in Windows. This tool gives the users overall information about the running applications, services and more. Whenever we face such an unresponsive task program, using Task Manager we can easily get rid of the issue. When a user ends a certain task using Task Manager, it forces to close down the task.

Follow the instructions given below to force shut down a task,

How to force shutdown unresponsive program task in Windows 10 using Task Manager

  • For example, here we have a force shutdown the MS Word. All we have to do is open the Task Manager and end the task.
  • To open the task manager right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager or you can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  • On the taskbar under the Process tab, right-click on the unresponsive task and tap on End Task.

How to force shutdown unresponsive program/ task in Windows 10 using Windows Command Prompt?

Command Prompt is a powerful command-line interpreter application used for executing different commands.  It is officially called Windows Command Processor. The command lines you type are not case sensitive. Using CMD, you can do most of the action you do using GUI.

If you fail to end task using Task Manager there’s another way out. You can terminate the task using command prompt following the given instructions,

  • Run Command Prompt (cmd) as administrator. If you do not know how to run cmd as administrator, then please read 10 Cool Ways to Open Command Prompt in Windows!
  • Type tasklist and hit enter. This will list all the currently running tasks on your device. Here locate the unresponsive task. In our case, we want to terminate MS Word.

windows 10 force task-shutdown command prompt

  • Type the following command and press Enter.
  • taskkill /im program_name.exe
  • As in our case, we want to close MS Word, so I have typed the following command,
  • taskkill /im program windword.exe

How to force shutdown unresponsive program task in Windows 10 using Windows Command Prompt

  • After the successful termination of the program, the success message will appear as above.

How to force shutdown unresponsive program/ task in Windows 10 by creating Taskkill Shortcut?

If you feel opening command prompt and writing the command is tiresome then here’s the most effective way to end a task. You can simply create a task kill shortcut. When you execute the shortcut it will terminate the unresponsive task.

Follow the instructions given below to create a task kill shortcut,

  • Right-click on desktop, then New> Shortcut option.

windows 10 create shortcut

  • In the Create Shortcut option write the following command,
  • taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”

How to force shutdown unresponsive program task in Windows 10 by creating Taskkill Shortcut

  • Whenever there’s an unresponsive task you can execute this taskkill shortcut. This will automatically detect the windows with ‘Not Responding’ (that is on the unresponsive task window) and force closes the task.

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