Force Shut Down of Windows Service

Sometimes when you are trying to stop or restart a Windows service you get the dreaded Status of "Stopping" and through the Services GUI you are stranded with no further options. There is a command line work around that I will outline here that forces the termination of a service.

First we need to identify the Process ID or PID of the service we want to terminate or kill off. Open task manager by right clicking on a free/clear area of your Start Bar and selecting Start Task Manager. Once open, select the Processes tab. You should have something like the following example:


To see the Process ID column in the Task Manager click:

View > Select Columns

The following Process Page Columns screen will be displayed:


Tick the option PID (Process Identifier) as shown on the example above and click OK. Your Task manager screen with the newly added PID column should now look like this:


Now we know the Process ID we want terminate we can start the kill procedure. Go to Start > Run and type in cmd and press Enter.

You will now be presented with the command prompt window.


At the prompt type in:

taskkill /f /pid <ThePID-YouWantToTerminate>

In the example above replace <ThePID-YouWantToTerminate> with the actual number like so:

taskkill /f /pid 1784

Hit Enter and you're done!


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