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Windows 11: Upcoming Feature Allows You to Kill a Process without the Task Manager

A new Windows 11 experimental feature allows users to “End Task” for apps without opening the Task Manager.


If you are a Windows Insider with Windows 11 build 25300 on the Dev Channel, one of the experimental features is the ability to end a process without accessing the Task Manager. This is part of a selection of experimental preview features that will bring to wider users in the future.

While allows interactions such as the ability to open or close a window, you cannot currently end the whole process without pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete to evoke the Task Manager. So, when you close a window, it will remain running as a process in the background.

Of course, there are also instances where an app has frozen and is not responding. Closing via the Task Manager is easy enough but also not efficient. Not least because sometimes an unresponsive app will make the system slow down and the Task Manager not open.

Microsoft is now adding an “End Task” option to Windows 11 jump lists, allowing users to end the process of the whole app directly on the desktop.

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This feature is available on Windows 11 build 25300 but is experimental. That means it is disabled by default on the build. Insiders must use third-party tools to reveal the feature and start using it. Microsoft also says the feature does not currently work, so hitting “End Task” doesn't do anything.

Clearly, this is a placeholder for when Microsoft builds in the underpinning software on future Windows 11 previews. As always with unannounced and experimental features, running them may make your system unstable, so it is important to back up your data beforehand.

Tip of the day: The Windows Sandbox gives Windows 10/11 Pro and Enterprise users a safe space to run suspicious apps without risk. In out tutorial we show you how to enable the Windows Sandbox feature.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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