Terminate Processes of Non-Responding Applications in Windows 7

Something about Ending Process

Ending the process means that the application is forcefully closed by either the administrator of a computer or by the user who had initialized the program. Whenever an application is initialized in Windows-based computer, a process that the application uses initializes and runs in the background. If, because of any reason, any application fails to respond or it stops functioning, it becomes mandatory for the users or administrators to terminate the application forcefully. The reason behind this is that if the application stops responding, its interface still remains visible on the computer screen, and its process remains active in the background which consumes processing and memory. Ending the process of the inactive application entirely closes the process, and terminates and removes the interface from the computer screen as well.

Administrative and Non-Administrative and System Processes

In Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, two types of processes are normally active in the background. Applications that use elevated privileges to initialize also initiate the administrative processes that run in the background. These processes cannot be terminated with standard users credentials. In order terminate such processes, elevated credentials must be used.

On the other hand, user specific applications, for example Microsoft Word, VLC Media Player, etc. does not require any elevated privileges to initiate, and therefore the processes that support these applications are considered non-administrative processes, and can be terminated with standard users’ credentials.

Apart from the above two process types, there are a few applications and services that are mandatory for the operating systems to run and without which the operating systems even fail to start. These processes fall under System Processes category and cannot be terminated or ended even with administrative credentials. However there are a few Windows tweaks that people use to logon to Super User account in Windows operating systems which allow them to terminate even the system processes. Using such methods is not at all recommended and if users do so, no one except the users themselves can be held responsible for any mishaps that may occur to the operating systems because of inappropriate configurations.

Ending Processes in Windows 7 Operating System

In order to terminate a process in Microsoft Windows 7, administrators must follow the steps exactly the way they are given below:

  1. Log on to Windows 7 computer.
  2. Right-click taskbar, and from the context menu click Start Task Manager.
  3. On Windows Task Manager box, go to Processes tab.
  4. From the list of displayed running processes, click to select the one that has to be ended, and click End Process button.
  5. On the opened box, click End process button to confirm.

    End Processes

  6. If desired, reinitialize the application by double-clicking on its shortcut icon or executable file.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.