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I wrote a client/server software. I login client from server and logged pc runs Counter Strike game. When i logout i am terminating all running visible windows. It works fine but if i try to run Counter Strike again it generates error so it doesn't run. It also happens with Fifa sometimes. But this problem started after the new version of CS game. If i terminate Counter Strike using Ctrl + Alt + Del so it works fine again. This is happening in win98 i didn't try other os. I also tried to kill DDhelp (DirectX) as written MSDN but no chance. I like to know what does ctrl + alt + del uses and how does it force terminate applications?

Termination code i wrote is:

function TEasyUtils.KillTask(pid: Int64): boolean;
var
  hw: THandle;
  ename: string;
begin
  Result := False;
  if (pid > 0) and (pid <> GetCurrentProcessId) then
  begin
    hw := OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS, False, pid);
    if hw > 0 then
    try
      Result := TerminateProcess(hw, 0);
    finally
      CloseHandle(hw);
    end;
  end;
end;

I call this like:

var
  pid: Cardinal;
begin
  GetWindowThreadProcessId(winhwn, @pid);
  KillTask(pid);
end;

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by:Slick812
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you might try to ask the app to Close with
PostMessage(hAppHandle,WM_CLOSE,0,0); so it can maybe shut down and save finalization info to file, before you jerk the process and wack the app out before it can close it's self down. If it still don't close, then kill the process.
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by:Dumani
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Thanks but i have tried that, that doesn't really work. I want to simulate Task Manager Terminate Process...
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by:geobul
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Hi,
Change either
function KillTask(pid: DWORD): boolean;
or
hw := OpenProcess(PROCESS_TERMINATE, False, DWORD(pid));
and try again.

Regards, Geo
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Thanks GEO but that's not the solution
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I'm not sure what the task manager does exactly. But he's kindly asking the process to end. Only if the process doesn't do after 5 seconds, he forces it with TerminateProcess.

Some ideas:

(1) Post WM_CLOSE to the *main window*. That's important. It's wrong to post it to the application handle, that can not even work. And it's also wrong to post it to any window, just post it to the MAIN window.
(2) Try sending WM_QUERYENDSESSION to the main window. If the process accepts that (see the documentation), send a WM_ENDSESSION afterwards and then call TerminateProcess.
(3) Try posting a WM_QUIT to the main thread (PostThreadMessage). That's definately NOT what the task manager does, but it might be worth a try, nevertheless. It works fine for some processes, but not for all.

Regards, Madshi.
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