How to Suspend Process in Windows without Terminating

Sometimes when we are running lots of apps, your Windows tends to go slow. The Operating System doesn’t always understand end-user’s need for speed on a particular application. All it does is try to share the CPU with all the running applications, so that all (or most) of them have same priority.

What is the Result? A hungry process may eat up most the the CPU time leading other programs in disguise.

Best example would be Photoshop, Firefox (with lots of Tabs),  Eclipse, any Video encoding app, antivirus etc. Or even sometimes an unwanted process starts eating most of your resources and you are not able to kill it (coz it may be a system process or un-killable antivirus).

The solution is to suspend/Pause the process till the time we want other apps to run faster and then Resume it back. In fact, this can be done fairly easy in Unix using  “jobs -p” and “Ctrl + Z”.

On Windows, however, you can use tool called Process Explorer . (Microsoft)

To suspend a process simply right click > Suspend. And to resume Right click >Resume.

There is another app which is fairly simple: Process Freezer and does just that.

Alternatively, you can change Process Priority to a lower one. This can be done in Windows TaskManager too. Certainly, helps in reducing the pain.

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  • http://technascent.com/ uttoransen

    i sometimes use the taskmanager to kill a process, but yes killing a system process might freeze the computer or it might even crash… will try out the one's you mentioned, thanks,

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    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing nice blog.i really enjoy this one.keep it up…

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  • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

    sometimes? In windows TaskManager is the most mandatory thing :)
    killing a process doesnt freeze the computer. This solution is not for frozen apps but apps that eat more CPU without adding value. Hope that helps

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  • http://technascent.com/ uttoransen

    i sometimes use the taskmanager to kill a process, but yes killing a system process might freeze the computer or it might even crash… will try out the one's you mentioned, thanks,

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    • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

      sometimes? In windows TaskManager is the most mandatory thing :)
      killing a process doesnt freeze the computer. This solution is not for frozen apps but apps that eat more CPU without adding value. Hope that helps

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    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing nice blog.i really enjoy this one.keep it up…

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  • http://gondolin.blogspot.com Thiago Hirai

    This feature has been implemented in Windows 7's Resource Monitor. You can find a link to Resource Monitor under the Performance tab in Task Manager, or by running the command 'perfmon /res'.

    On Resource Monitor, you can right click any active process and select 'Suspend' or 'Resume'.

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  • Anwar Ben Tanfous

    nice tips thank you it’s what I’m looking for as PS sometimes even when not used is consuming most of  CPU resources.

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