Stop-Process

Stop one or more running processes. (Kill)

Syntax
      Stop-Process -name string[] [-passThru] [-Force]
            [-confirm] [-whatIf] [CommonParameters]
    
      Stop-Process [-id] Int32[] [-passThru] [-Force]
            [-confirm] [-whatIf] [CommonParameters]
    
      Stop-Process -inputObject Process[] [-passThru] [-Force]
            [-confirm] [-whatIf] [CommonParameters]
Key
   -Name 
       Process name(s)
       Separate multiple process names with commas or use wildcard characters. 

   -id Int32
       Process ID(s) (PID). Use commas to separate multiple PIDs.
       To find the PID of a process, type "get-process".
   
   -inputObject 
       Accept a process object as input to Stop-Process.  
       A variable, command or expression that returns the process object(s)

   -PassThru 
       Pass the object created by Stop-Process along the pipeline. 

   -Force
       Stop the specified processes without prompting for confirmation.
       By default, Stop-Process prompts for confirmation before stopping
       any process that is not owned by the current user.

       To find the owner of a process, use Get-WmiMethod to get
       a Win32_Process object that represents the process, and then
       use the GetOwner method of the object.

   -WhatIf
       Describe what would happen if you executed the command without
       actually executing the command.
	   
   -Confirm
       Prompt for confirmation before executing the command.

   CommonParameters:
       -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -WarningAction, -WarningVariable,
       -OutBuffer -OutVariable.

Standard Aliases for Stop-Process: kill, spps

Stop-Process works only on processes running on the local computer.

On Vista and later versions of Windows, to stop a process that is not owned by the current user, you must start PowerShell with "Run as administrator".

Examples

Stop all instances of the Notepad process:

PS C:\> stop-process -name notepad

Stop process ID# 6464 and prompt before stopping the process (this will display the process name first):

PS C:\> stop-process -id 6464 -confirm -passthru

Display processes that were running on the computer, but are now stopped:

PS C:\> get-process | where-object {$_.HasExited}

"Whom the gods love dies young" ~ Menander 300 BC

Related:

Get-Process - Get a list of processes on a machine
Start-Process - Start one or more processes
Equivalent bash command: kill - Stop a process from running


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