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

  1. #1


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


    Every now and then, a game or something crashes. The crashed window of the game remains thou, and blocks all viewing of the desktop.

    This has annoyed for for a long time. Are there any way to get around this?

    Often I have to restart my computer and break downloads and open apps etc.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Right click Taskbar & choose Task Manager & End Task of the crashed item.

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    Windows 8


    Cannot do that as I can't see anything.
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  4. #4


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    Quote Originally Posted by Muyfa View Post
    Cannot do that as I can't see anything.
    Ctrl + Alt + Delete should get you a link to the Task Manager.

    (@ David: Just helpin ya out a bit! )
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Muyfa View Post
    Cannot do that as I can't see anything.
    Ctrl + Alt + Delete should get you a link to the Task Manager.

    (@ David: Just helpin ya out a bit! )
    Thanks.
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    Windows 8


    Well, I know of these things, but my point is that I cannot *SEE* enough to do that. The crashed 3D-application is still like a layer over the whole desktop even thou it actually stopped running.
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  7. #7


    Alt/F4
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    Alt-F4 doesn' work either.
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  9. #9


    Well, if Alt/F4 doesn’t rid it nothing will. Did you wait awhile for it to work? If so, we have to conclude it is in a frozen state and nothing short of a hard reset will work to rid it. Not a good thing I know. Let’s find the reason why the game crashes or does this happen with other programs as you hinted below?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muyfa View Post
    Every now and then, a game or something crashes.
    Which game and how old?
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8


    A GOG-game this time. Other old games sometimes. Yes, they are frozen. It's not permanent, it's very random.
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