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TASKKILL [/S system [/U username [/P [password]]]]
                    { [/FI filter] [/PID processid | /IM imagename] } [/T] [/F]


This tool is used to terminate tasks by process id (PID) or image name.

Parameter List:

/S    system             Specifies the remote system to connect to.

/U    [domain\]user   Specifies the user context under which the command should execute.

/P    [password]       Specifies the password for the given user context. Prompts for input if omitted.

/M    [module]         Lists all tasks currently using the given exe/dll name. If the module name is not specified all loaded modules are displayed.

/SVC                      Displays services hosted in each process.

/V                           Displays verbose task information.

/FI     filter               Displays a set of tasks that match a given criteria specified by the filter.

/PID    processid     Specifies the PID of the process to be terminated. Use TaskList to get the PID.

/IM     imagename    Specifies the image name of the process to be terminated. Wildcard '*' can be used to specify all tasks or image names.

/T                            Terminates the specified process and any child processes which were started by it.

/F                            Specifies to forcefully terminate the process(es).

/?                            Displays this help message.


Filter Name Valid Operators Valid Value(s)
IMAGENAME eq, ne Image name
PID eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le PID value
SESSION eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le Session number
SESSION NAME eq, ne Session name
CPU TIME eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le CPU time in the format of hh:mm:ss. hh - hours, mm - minutes, ss - seconds
MEMUSAGE eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le Memory Usage in KB
USERNAME eq, ne User name in [domain\]user format
SERVICES eq, ne Service Name
WINDOWTITLE eq, ne Windows Title
MODULES eq, ne DLL Name


  1. Wildcard '*' for /IM switch is accepted only when a filter is applied.
  2. Termination of remote processes will always be done forcefully (/F).
  3. "WINDOWTITLE" and "STATUS" filters are not considered when a remote machine is specified.


TASKKILL /IM notepad.exe
TASKKILL /PID 1230 /PID 1241 /PID 1253 /T
TASKKILL /F /IM cmd.exe /T
TASKKILL /F /FI "PID ge 1000" /FI "WINDOWTITLE ne untitle*"
TASKKILL /S system /U domain\username /FI "USERNAME ne NT*" /IM *
TASKKILL /S system /U username /P password /FI "IMAGENAME eq note*"

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