Any way to write a Windows .bat file to kill processes?


Every time I turn on my company-owned development machine, I have to kill 10+ processes using the Task Manager or any other process management app just to get decent performance out of my IDE. Yes, these are processes from programs that my company installs on my machine for security and compliance. What I'd like to do is have a .bat file or script of some kind with which I can kill the processes in question.

Does anybody know how to do this?

This question is tagged with performance batch-file process

~ Asked on 2008-08-29 02:09:55

9 Answers


You can do this with 'taskkill'. With the /IM parameter, you can specify image names.


taskkill /im somecorporateprocess.exe

You can also do this to 'force' kill:


taskkill /f /im somecorporateprocess.exe

Just add one line per process you want to kill, save it as a .bat file, and add in your startup directory. Problem solved!

If this is a legacy system, PsKill will do the same.

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 02:14:00


taskkill /f /im "devenv.exe"

this will forcibly kill the pid with the exe name "devenv.exe"

equivalent to -9 on the nix'y kill command

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 02:13:12


As TASKKILL might be unavailable on some Home/basic editions of windows here some alternatives:

TSKILL processName



Have on mind that processName should not have the .exe suffix and is limited to 18 characters.

Another option is WMIC :

wmic Path win32_process Where "Caption Like 'MyProcess%.exe'" Call Terminate

wmic offer even more flexibility than taskkill with its SQL-like matchers .With wmic Path win32_process get you can see the available fileds you can filter (and % can be used as a wildcard).

~ Answered on 2015-02-02 08:22:40


I'm assuming as a developer, you have some degree of administrative control over your machine. If so, from the command line, run msconfig.exe. You can remove many processes from even starting, thereby eliminating the need to kill them with the above mentioned solutions.

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 03:18:58


Get Autoruns from Mark Russinovich, the Sysinternals guy that discovered the Sony Rootkit... Best software I've ever used for cleaning up things that get started automatically.

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 03:45:26


Download PSKill. Write a batch file that calls it for each process you want dead, passing in the name of the process for each.

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 02:12:01


Use Powershell! Built in cmdlets for managing processes. Examples here (hard way), here(built in) and here (more).

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 02:33:07


Please find the below logic where it works on the condition.

If we simply call taskkill /im applicationname.exe, it will kill only if this process is running. If this process is not running, it will throw an error.

So as to check before takskill is called, a check can be done to make sure execute taskkill will be executed only if the process is running, so that it won't throw error.

tasklist /fi "imagename eq applicationname.exe" |find ":" > nul

if errorlevel 1 taskkill /f /im "applicationname.exe"

~ Answered on 2016-10-26 12:32:18


Here I wrote an example command that you can paste in your cmd command line prompt and is written for chrome.exe.

FOR /F "tokens=2 delims= " %P IN ('tasklist /FO Table /M "chrome*" /NH') DO (TASKKILL /PID %P)

The for just takes all the PIDs listed on the below tasklist command and executes TASKKILL /PID on every PID

tasklist /FO Table /M "chrome*" /NH

If you use the for in a batch file just use %%P instead of %P

~ Answered on 2018-02-12 21:58:00

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