How to Kill a “Not Responding” Program without Using Windows Task Manager?

Windows is commonly not known for its stability. Among other notorious activities, “Not Responding” Programs are most frequent.

The causes for getting it may vary from Less RAM (CPU usage is at 100%), malwares to poorly designed applications.

So what do you do to get rid of these hang ups?

Surely, you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del keys or run the task manager to select the unresponsive applications and choose “End Task”.


Well, there is nothing wrong with this technique, but sometimes you get stuck when the task manager itself takes ages to load up or fails to work (isn’t it?)

No Need to Worry,

Yeah! You can fix it simply.

Let’s get started with the Resolution!



Method#1: Using Shortcuts Keys

To terminate the programs without reaching the Task Manager, you can use the taskkill command by typing it at the command prompt.

Though, to open up the command line every time a program stops responding, and typing the command every time is clumsy and time consuming. You can do this more easily with shortcuts.

Step#1: Right-click space on your desktop.

Step#2: choose New > Shortcut. You’ll be prompted to enter a location for the shortcut. Paste the below command in the given box:

taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”


Step#3: The shortcut creation box will prompt you to name your new shortcut. After giving the the name, Press Finish.

Now, you can Double-Click This Shortcut Any Time, it will kill the Unresponsive Programs stuck by window.

To make this process work better and even faster, you can make a custom keyboard shortcut to run the task killer.  

Method#2: Using NotRespondingKiller Properties

Step#1: Right-click on your new shortcut and select “Properties”.

Step#2: Under the Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut key box to set a custom keyboard shortcut. Windows will add CTRL + ALT automatically to any letter you hit, but if you wish to alter it to CTRL + Shift, you can do it.


Step#3: This shortcut will launch a command prompt window temporarily, set Run to Minimized.

Step#4: Press OK.

Now by using above steps, you won’t see a brief flash when you press the shortcut.



Method#1: Using SuperF4 Program

The method described above is the easiest way to terminate any unresponsive programs. If you’re at Windows wizard, there are pair of other tools you might use to kill off your unresponsive programs.

One of them is SuperF4, a program that allows you to simply kill any window, even if it’s not responding. It forces programs to stop immediately like other commands narrated above.

Step#1: Press the X on a window.

Step#2: Afterwards, window requests the program stop running, and perhaps you’ll be asked to save your task. Save your work.

Step#3: SuperF4 will let you move your cursor on any window you want to terminate.
You can also look for other alternatives methods if you don’t want to use the task manager.


Method#2: Using Process Explorer

If you’re still unable to resolve your issues, try a bit more power, Process Explorer will definitely help you. You can grab a free copy of it from here Process Explorer.


Step#1: Take out the ZIP file, run the executable as Administrator, and see the process list until you find the unresponsive application.

Step#2: Right click the application and select “Kill Process Tree”. If there is no process tree and that option is greyed out, select “Kill Process” instead.

Step#3: Confirm that you want to kill that application process tree and its descendants.

After clicking OK, you don’t have to deal with frequent crashes or hangs up.

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