As an IT administrator, you may sometimes find yourself needing to stop a process in Windows from the command line. This can be useful if you want to quickly halt a process that has become unresponsive, or if you need to stop a program that can’t be terminated through the usual means.
Using the Windows Task Manager is the most common way to stop a process, but it is not always the best option. For example, if a process is consuming too many system resources or if it is unresponsive, the Task Manager may not be able to kill it. In these cases, using the command line is the only option.
The Windows command line offers two different ways to stop a process. The first method is to use the “taskkill” command. This command allows you to specify a process by its name or PID (process ID). To use it, open the command prompt and type “taskkill /im [process name]” or “taskkill /pid [PID]”. The taskkill command will then terminate the process.
The second method is to use the “tskill” command. This command is similar to the taskkill command, but it allows you to specify a process by its window title. To use it, open the command prompt and type “tskill [window title]”. The tskill command will then terminate the process.
It is important to note that when you use either of these commands, you must have the necessary privileges to terminate the process. If you do not have the proper privileges, the command will not work and you will need to use the Task Manager.
When using the Task Manager to stop a process, you may encounter a message that says “The action cannot be completed because the process is being used by another program or user”. This message indicates that another user is using the process and needs to be stopped first. In this case, you can use the “pslist” command to find out which user is using the process and then use the “tskill” or “taskkill” command to stop it.
Stopping a process from the command line can be a useful tool for IT administrators, but it should be used with caution. Before using either of these commands, make sure that you have the necessary privileges and that you know what you are doing. Otherwise, you could unintentionally cause problems with your system.