Orphaned Processes

Everyone that administrates windows servers have run across a orphaned process at one time or another, when you open the proceeds list and press “end process” you see that dreaded permission denied.  Well with these commands the chances are very high that you will be able to kill the process and then start it after.

When a service terminates abnormally, it can sometimes leave an “orphaned” child process behind.

If you have the resource kit you can use the following to view a list of all processes and their relationship to one-an-other. Or you can click on the link below to download the two files.

C:> tlist -t

To then kill a process use

C:> kill <process name or id>

If this fails add -F to force the kill, e.g. kill -F .


Download files in zip format


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