care to ellaborate?
why can't it end the process? what happens? nothing? an error?
sounds to me like either a permission issue or a hardware issue regarding your hard drive. do you have other operating systems installed on the same drive? if they work fine than maybe try reinstalling or repairing windows 7.I think an indication that the processes aren't quite ended is that whenever I get an app crash, I have to restart the computer and it takes an extra long time to do so. Without the crash it just takes as long a usual. . .
A common cause for crashes is downloading items with Firefox: it crashes just as it's finishing the download and it gets stuck on "just a few seconds remaining." I've tried this with both the regular Download Manager and the Down Them All plugin. This also happened with Safari. Perhaps this can help identify the cause, or at least a cause.
I performed a clean install of Windows 7 and have done all the updates. I don't know at what moment the problem with crashes got better, but it certainly has become better. Sorry I don't have more data on this.
that's odd. I assume you also tried to kill as admin?
maybe only the process list isn't updating properly? I'd try a very cpu-intensive process that causes your CPU to go to 100% load (for example video converting). after that, kill the process and see if the cpu load remains high. if it doesn't the process has been killed but just is still listed for some reason. if the cpu load remains high the kill failed.
in any case, if it doesn't hurt you simply reinstall windows7, because there seems to be something really wrong
maybe if you got UAC turned off turn it back on and see if that helps anything. If it doesn't I'm really out of ideas and can only advise to try a repair and/or reinstall of windows. sorry.removed by poster
the problem is not just that it remains listed, because it prohibits the same task (and depending on the task, sometimes others) from being reloaded. and yes, i tried to kill as admin.
strange thing is that you say even reinstalling windows didn't solve this. because that would make me believe that it is somehow related to your hardware, probably the processor. what processor are you using on your computer?evidently i am not being entirely clear. If right clicking the offending process and clicking either end process or end process tree succeeded in killing it, i would have no gripe. I do not mind the hanging programs, etc. This is to be expected, and is likely to be worked out. The larger concern is that the operating system (task manager, taskkill cmd command, etc.) do not seem to have the power to actually end processes. When a process hangs in this fashion, nothing can be done to end it shy of holding down the power button (restart/shutdown also will fail).