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Win8.1, how to kill a task without seeing it

  1. #11


    I'm older and not a gamer in the true sense. I play solitaire, mahjong, and other "older people" games.

    Excuse my ignorance then and tell me what GOG-game is. Gog.com?

    Do you install them in compatibility mode? Play these through a browser?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8


    It's basically old games with new installers, made to work with new computers. They also have some new games. All GOG-games are also DRM free.
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  3. #13


    Ok. I see. I gotta take a break away from this machine. I'll be back.

    Did this always do this or just recent? On other OSs? Is there anything you found in game forums or online for a cure? Run in a VM perhaps?

    Where did you other two helping out go?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    running old games on new hardware always had issues ,back in the early dayse they used emulators and stuff with all sorts of issues iam not a gamer either,so just a suggestion ,gog support link .and gog stands for good old games ,
    Games Support - GOG.com
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  5. #15


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8


    It's not really a GOG issue. Other older games and apps does it from time to time. I've usef taskkill from time to time, but this time it didn't work
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  6. #16


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    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    As for answering the original question. If the process has crashed, it should not be in running processes. There are times when you end up with an Orphaned process out there eating up CPU cycles.

    You can use Sysinternals Process Explorer at microsoft.com, to show all processes. Whether they are running or just hung up.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8


    Ok, the real problem is that I cannot see any app at all. The frozen or crashed game lies like a layer I cannot alt-tab out of. Is there any alternative to hard reboot?
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  8. #18


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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I take it that you never used SysInternals Process Explorer to look for an Orphaned process out there, that is hung up and not shut down.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8


    No harm in trying Process Explorer, I guess
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  10. #20


    Things like that usually get stuck in video card memory so windows can't do much about it. Unless you can refresh desktop, there's not much you can do about it.
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