Identify the process associated with a program

The programs that you run on your computer have processes associated with them that start the program. If a program stops responding, knowing which process is associated with the program can help you troubleshoot problems. For example, if a program isn't responding, once you know which process the program uses, you can end that process to exit the program that isn't responding.

  1. Open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and then clicking Task Manager.

  2. Click the Applications tab, right-click the program that you want to identify the process for, and then click Go To Process. The process associated with the program is highlighted on the Processes tab.


  • To see if any services are running in a particular process, such as svchost.exe, right-click a process and then click Go to Service(s). Any services associated with the process are highlighted on the Services tab. If you do not see any highlighted services, then the process does not have any services associated with it.

  • To view more information about any process running in Task Manager, right-click the process, and then click Properties. In the Properties dialog box, you can view information about the process, including the location and size. Click the Details tab to view detailed information about the process.