Processes: How to force quit on Windows 8

Sometimes processes are unresponsive, here’s how you can force quit applications on Windows 8.

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Tip: Some processes cannot be killed using the Windows 8 task manager. When you encounter and processes or programs that can’t be “force quit” you should try a restart. If it always hangs, you might want to consider re-installing the program and/or applying any available patches and updates.

Steps to force quit apps on Windows 8

1. Step Sometimes when your application are unresponsive then you may have to force quit it. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del altogether. Then click on the Task Manager. Alternatively, you can directly open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc..

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2. Step The Task Manager window opens. Click on the more details to see all the process running in the system.

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3. Step Next, right click on the process / application you want to terminate or end and select Go to Details.

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4. Step Next, it will be shown and selected in Details tab. Rightclick on it and select End Process. That are the complete steps to force quit on Windows 8.

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Sometimes your application suddenly becomes unresponsive. You might have tried to close it but it won’t. In that case, it is wise to force quit.

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Uttam is a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. Aside from blogging, Uttam is also studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer. Windows has always been his first love. He has been using Windows since his early days since he was in 2nd Grade. He also used a few other operating systems but never found any other OS that he grew fond of.

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One Response to Processes: How to force quit on Windows 8

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Peter said:

    This is a good post… for people that can get to the task manager.
    I often alt,control,delete and open it but when I have a program open that stopped working then windows 8 usually doesn’t allow me to minimize it. When I alt,enter I get to see the bottom bar with all my open applications but when I click on the task manager it remains behind the not working program.
    I can get to the start screen just fine and I can even open the charms bar, but those are useless. So other than restarting there is basically nothing I can do, I can’t force quit when this little snag happens. Windows 8 is such a fail on these simple issues.

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