If you come across an unresponsive app on your Windows 10 computer, you have several ways to force quit the app. Here in this guide, we are going to show you how you can kill apps or force quit unresponsive or stuck apps while using Windows 10.
This does not happen with all apps, the unresponsive app may return to its normal state in an instant, but sometimes it gets stuck on the screen for a number of reasons. The application might not get enough system resources, such as waiting for the processor to be free, or due to insufficient usable memory. If this is an older app, it may not be compatible with the current version of Windows 10, or it may just be a bug that crashes or prevents the app from reply.
Another reason the app is unresponsive is that you are using it too obvious, say you are using Google Chrome with multiple tabs open which takes a lot of system memory which ends up slowing down the computer or freezing it. application until it gets enough resources. If it’s a PC game, you’re running graphics settings beyond recommended, or there are too many background apps. It’s better to quit the app or game rather than waiting for hours, here’s how.
1) Using a keyboard shortcut
Have you tried clicking the Close button on the app but it didn’t work? Why not use a keyboard shortcut to quit the application? Force quitting the app is easy, the simplest shortcut that many of you know is the ALT + F4 which forces the application to close even if it is unresponsive. A dialog box may appear to force quit the application or program. Choose Yes to close. Be aware that this does not happen with all other apps, it depends on the app, you can try this method if it works for your non responsive app.
Note: For laptop users, you may need to press ALT + Fn + F4 if the F4 key is used for a feature instead of a function key. You can also disable function keys as function keys and use the keys as default function keys without pressing the Fn key.
2) Using Task Manager or Process Hacker
Another way to kill apps is to use the task manager, now that’s something some of you might already know. But for those who don’t, press CTRL + ALT + DEL to bring the Task Manager or right click on the taskbar at the bottom and select Task Manager. Find the unresponsive app and click Final task. You can go to More details and check the app to see if it is using high system resources.
You can also try killing the apps by going to More Details, right clicking on the task and choosing the Go to details option. Right click on it and select Final task or End process tree.
If you are unable to kill the apps using Task Manager, use the third party app called Process Hacker. It is a free, powerful and versatile tool that helps you monitor system resources, debug software, and detect malware. It’s my all-time favorite tool for Windows, it has everything related to tasks, services and can show you enough information about your system.
I’m not going into the details of this tool, I’m just showing you how you can kill apps using Process Hacker. Download the tool from the link and install it on your Windows. Once installed, launch Process Hacker and find the application under the Processes tab, right click and stop the task.
3) Using the Command Prompt
There is nothing better than using the command prompt, press the Start button, and look for the CMD, click it Command Prompt.
Type now task list and press Enter. After the command is executed, you will see a list of programs, tasks, and services running on your system.
It’s a bit of a headache if your system has too many tasks running and you can’t find the unresponsive one, just make sure you remember the name of the app. To get the name, use the task manager with More details -> Go to details or use Process Hacker to find the exact name.
Once you find the name, type the following command.
- taskkill / im yourtask.exe
Replace yourtask.exe with the name of your program, don’t forget to add .exe at the end of the name. For example, if you want to force close the VLC player, the corresponding command would be like this.
A success message will tell you that the task you are trying to exit has been successfully deleted.
One last thing you can do to quit unresponsive applications is shut down or restart the computer, wait … you aren’t restarting or actually shutting down the PC, it’s just to kill the computer. app, so go ahead. A dialog box appears to quit the unresponsive application, click Yes to quit the application. Once the app is closed, simply press the escape key quickly to return to the desktop and prevent the system from shutting down.
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