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Sunday, May 01, 2005

taskkill.exe and PsTools

I was looking for a way to kill running tasks from the command line in XP when I came across information about the command line utility taskkill.exe. This does the trick but isn't available in XP Home. It will work with XP Home however.

I found an unofficial link to taskkill.exe here.

Alternatively you might want to check out another officially downloadable Microsoft utility called PsKill. PsKill will do the same job as taskkill.exe.
At the following link you'll find a description of PsKill and a download link for the PsTools suite that contains PsKillhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896683.aspx
[ thanks for the tip Anonymous ;-) ]

If you're still determined to proceed with taskkill.exe, Here is Microsoft's documentation on taskkill.exe and here are some usage examples from Computerhope.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

why is it in german

Josh said...

I guess because it originally came from a German version of XP!
I'll see if I can swap it for an English version :)

Anonymous said...

By the way it is dutch not german.

A german.

jeffrose3 said...

How do I get it to run through a batch file. I need to kill processes on a lot of computers, and i don't want to type each computer name into the command line. I'd rather do it once and just run it as a batch and as a scheduled task every day at 9AM.

Josh said...

Jeff,
See my links above for the taskkill.exe syntax and some examples. You have to know a bit about writing atch files yourself because it's not my strong point ;)
I tried executing taskkill using a wildcard ('*') character in the computer name or IP address (when using the /s switch) but it didn't work.
So all I can suggest is writing your batch file like this:
c:\taskkill /s {computer_name_1} {parameters}
c:\taskkill /s {computer_name_2} {parameters}
c:\taskkill /s {computer_name_3} {parameters}
So you hard code the computer names in the batch file. If the names are always the same, then at least you'll only have to do this once.
If you don't know the names, but do know the IP addresses, use those instead.
If you're dealing with a lot of IP addresses, find a friend to write you a batch file which loops thru all the IP addresses. I can't write batch file code off the top of my head, but here's the pseudocode:
Where x=1 until 254
Do c:\taskkill /s 192.168.1.x {parameters}

Regards,
Josh

Anonymous said...

for taskkill you dont have to specify and computer name etc, just whether it is an image or not then the .exe extension. just thought that might help if you havent already solved this

Anonymous said...

Instead of running the risk to get slapped on the wrist for distributing copyrighted MS software, it would be better to point people to the equally and better wroking PsKill utility by Mark Russinovitch.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896683.aspx

Anonymous said...

for taskkill you dont have to specify and computer name etc, just whether it is an image or not then the .exe extension. just thought that might help if you havent already solved this----------------------------------

Corey said...

YAYZ! you made me a happy person! xD

Anonymous said...

Well, that's definitly not a German version - to me, a native German speaker, it looks more like a version from Netherlands. Though the Dutch and German language look to non-natives very similar, it's really not the same. I don't understand Dutch, and I believe the Netherlanders don't understand German - at least as long as they didn't learn it ;-)

Greetings,
Sammy

Kevin said...

Dankjewel voor de nederlandse taskkill, dit is de enige plek waar je die kan vinden. :D

Thanks for the dutch version of taskkill, this is the only place where you can find it. :D

Anonymous said...

This is all grate and all but the link isn't working...

Anonymous said...

404 blues.

Anonymous said...

Please delete the link.

Sponge Belly said...

This article:

http://goo.gl/xF4Cp

may prove useful.

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