how to terminate unresponsive program in windows 10

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When I try to open a program or browser in Windows, what happens if it suddenly crashes? It's frustrating isn't it? A program or web page that freezes or freezes is a common problem with Windows 10. Suddenly, a "No reply“, And even if you try to complete the task via Task Manager, it doesn't.

Windows gives you the option to close the program (End Now) or wait for it to respond. However, this may take a little longer and you may be in a hurry to finish your job. In fact, if the screen freezes and you see a constantly spinning circle, you should know it won't close that soon.

The problem of not responding to the task will not end up in the task manager on your Windows 10 PC can happen at any time without even prior warning and can be extremely annoying especially if you are in the middle of an important task. Fortunately, this problem can be solved. Let's see how.

Method 1: using the Taskkill command

Solution 1: Run the Taskkill command in CMD

Step 1: Go to Home at the desk and type Symbol of the system in the search field. Right-click on the result and select Run as administrator run Symbol of the system in administrator mode.

Step 2: A Symbol of the system in the window, type the following command and press Log in:


This will show all the activities currently running.

Step 3: If you want to forcibly delete the task, type the following command and press Log in:

taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”taskkill /notepad.exe/taskname/F

4 phase: If you want to know which activity needs to be deleted, you can type the following command and press Log in:


Step 5: Run the command in the diagram below based on the activity you want to kill and hit Log in.

For example, we wanted to delete the notepad that has stopped responding.

taskkill / IMnotepad.exe

These solutions eliminate the activity with immediate effect; however, if it doesn't work, you can try the second method.

Solution 2: Create a shortcut to Taskkill

Step 1: Go to the desktop and right-click on an empty area. Please select New in the context menu, then click Shortcut.

Step 2: UN Create a shortcut window. Go to Write the position of the object field and paste the following command:

taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”

Click The next to complete the link creation process.

Step 3: Then name the shortcut. We call it taskkill, you can call it whatever you like. Click Finish

Now you can use it to kill an unresponsive program. Forcefully terminates the task or program in question and allows only programs that meet the filter parameters (the text in quotes) to run.

How to create a keyboard shortcut for Taskkill

To speed up this process, you can create a keyboard shortcut as follows:

Step 1: Right-click on the link and select Property.

Step 2: Go to Shortcut tab and while you are in Hot key field, press a letter on the keyboard that you want to set as a custom shortcut. The field will be filled in automatically CTRL+ALT along with the letter you press.

For example, we press the letter UN, so the custom link created is Ctrl+Alt+A.

Step 3: Go to run field and set it as Minimized. press the To apply Than we ok to save changes and exit.

This should remove the activity that is blocked, but if that doesn't work, you can try Solution 2.

Method 2: use a keyboard shortcut

Go to the program you want to forcibly terminate, then press the button OTHER key on the keyboard. press the F4 once by holding down the key OTHER key at the same time. So leave the keys together.

This will immediately terminate the unresponsive activity. If the problem persists, follow the third method.

Method 3: use Task Manager

Step 1: Go to Application bar and right click on it, select Task Manager give the menu answer.

Step 2: A Task Manager window under the Processes tab, find the activity you want to force close.

For example, we went to pad.

Now, right-click on the task and select Go to details.

Step 3: Now under the Details tab, find the program you want to remove, right-click on it, then select Process tree end in the context menu.

4 phase: In the displayed message, click Process tree end to confirm.

This will easily finish the unresponsive activity on your Windows 10 PC. You can then restart the activity.

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