Let’s learn Various Ways to Find Process IDs for Apps in Windows 11. Windows is a user-friendly Operating System (OS). Windows also handles many tasks in the background without any help from manual intervention. It distributes a unique Process ID (PID) for running various apps in the background.
Some users do not think, it is necessary to find out the Process ID, however, finding the process ID for an application is important to some users. The process ID is useful when it identifies multiple illustrations of the same program or fixes related issues.
Every application on your Windows system has a unique identification called Process ID. The process ID value is used to determine running processes in Windows. It helps to troubleshoot many issues easily. The process ID helps to identify two files using the same app simultaneously.
The process ID is very helpful when debugging applications, terminating any process manually, and also used to check system resources. There are various ways to find process IDs. You can use Task Manager, Command Line, or some dedicated applications.
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How to Find Process IDs for Apps in Windows 11
Task Manager is the easiest way to find the process ID for an application. There are various ways you can find the process IDs in Windows 11. The process IDs are identical to find it and help prevent any issues that appear there. The various ways are listed below.
- Using Task Manager
- Using Resource Monitor
- Using Elevated Command Prompt
- Using PowerShell
- Using Dedicated Applications
1. Using Task Manager
To find Process IDs using Task Manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc at a time to open the Task Manager Window. It will show all the tasks running in the background, now click on the Details option available in the left panel as illustrated below.
When you click on the Details option it will show all the processes running in the background as well as their process IDs. The name of the process and its status are also presented in the details pane.
If you click on the Services option available in the left panel, you can also find the process name, process IDs, description, status, etc., as illustrated in the image below.
2. Using Resource Monitor
Resource Monitor is an inbuilt tool that lists how the processes are communicated with the Operating System and the hardware and software resources used by each.
To open it, type Resource Monitor in the Search Box on the Taskbar, then select the appropriate resulting app, as shown in the image below. It will open the Resource Monitor Window.
When the Resource Monitor window opens, you can see the Overview tab is open by default. You can expand the CPU, Disk, Network, and Memory to see the process running under them and their process IDs.
Also, you can individually check the CPU, Disk, Network, and Memory process by clicking those tabs adjacent to the Overview tab on the Resource Monitor window. Look at the illustration below for reference.
3. Using Elevated Command Prompt
Open the Elevated Command Prompt (in Administrator) to find the Process IDs. To do so open the command prompt in Administrator Mode. Now type tasklist and press Enter. The list of processes with process IDs appears after hitting the Enter key.
If it is difficult for you to find any particular process ID, you can import all the processes with their IDs to a text format by running a command. Type tasklist > C:\ProcessIDs.txt, and it will store a text file named ProcessIDs in the C: drive.
NOTE! You can replace ProcessIDs if you want and give another name instead of it.
Now open the C: drive, then you can see there is a text document named ProcessIDs (or the name specified by the user) saved. Double-click on it, and then the details appear in a notepad.
4. Using PowerShell
Windows PowerShell is a useful command-line utility that helps to perform advanced actions quickly. So you can use it to get the process IDs.
Open PowerShell in Administrator mode, to do so, type PowerShell in the Search Box on the Taskbar, when the PowerShell option appears, click on Run as Administrator. A User Account Control window opens, which needs permission to make changes to your device, click on Yes.
When the PowerShell opens with Administrator access, then type the command Get-Process and press Enter. The list of details about processes appears immediately.
The Process IDs and other critical parameters appear as shown in the above image. If you want to see the Process IDs only, execute the following command and press Enter. This command only shows the name of the process along with its ID.
Get-Process | Format-Table -Property ProcessName,Id
5. Using Dedicated Applications
There are some dedicated applications available to find out the process IDs and their status. The dedicated applications are listed below.
Process Explorer is a freeware task manager and system monitor for Microsoft Windows created by Sysinternals, which was acquired by Microsoft and then again introduced as Windows Sysinternals.
It has the functionality of Windows Task Manager added with some features for collecting information about processes running in the user’s system.
Process Explorer shows you which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows.
Process monitoring helps establish all kinds of filters to make your system easier to make any changes or searches to carry out. Process monitoring also shows you the percentage of ongoing processes on a real-time basis.
Process monitoring systems enable us to end any processes that are impossible to end using Windows Administrator. Like end processes, you can also be eligible for launching an application recognized by Windows through the program’s interface.
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry, and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon.
It adds an extensive list of enhancements, including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such as session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more.
Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware-hunting toolkit.
If you want to kill a process without using the above application, there is a dedicated app to kill a process. Click on the PsKill to know more.
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Alok is a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) graduate. He loves writing on Windows 11 and related technologies. He likes to share his knowledge, quick tips, and tricks with Windows 11 or Windows 10 with the community.