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.┬á 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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