Microsoft DOS taskkill command
Allows a user running Microsoft Windows XP professional or Windows 2003 to kill a task from a MS-DOS prompt.
Tip: Windows XP home edition do not have access to this command. Use the command tskill instead.
The taskkill command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.
taskkill [/s Computer] [/u Domain\User [/p Password]]] [/fi FilterName] [/pid ProcessID]|[/im ImageName] [/f][/t]
|/s computer||Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer (do not use backslashes). The default is the local computer.|
|/u domain\user||Runs the command with the account permissions of the user specified by User or Domain\User. The default is the permissions of the current logged on user on the computer issuing the command.|
|/p password||Specifies the password of the user account that is specified in the /u parameter.|
|/fi FilterName||Specifies the types of process(es) to include in or exclude from termination. The following are valid filter names, operators, and values. |
|/pid processID||Specifies the process ID of the process to be terminated.|
|/im ImageName||Specifies the image name of the process to be terminated. Use the wildcard (*) to specify all image names.|
|/f||Specifies that process(es) be forcefully terminated. This parameter is ignored for remote processes; all remote processes are forcefully terminated.|
|/t||Specifies to terminate all child processes along with the parent process, commonly known as a tree kill.|
Tip: See the operator definition for full information about operators and eq, ge, gt, le, lt, and ne.
Tip: If you need to see a listing of all running tasks use the tasklist command.
taskkill /f /im notepad.exe
Kills the open notepad task, if open.
taskill /pid 9764
Kill the task with PID 9764. If successful should give you a message similar to the example below.
SUCCESS: Sent termination signal to the process with PID 9764.