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Windows 7: Restart MSE without rebooting the whole computer?

23 Aug 2015   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Restart MSE without rebooting the whole computer?

I just noticed that MSE is frozen - given that the icon says "Scanning" I'm guessing it's been frozen since sometime during last night's daily scan, if not the night before that, etc. etc.

What I then discovered is that I can't kill MSE via the Task Manager - it just says "Access Is Denied". Even running taskkill from an elevated command prompt can't kill it.

That said, how can I restart MSE without restarting my entire computer?

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23 Aug 2015   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

It is protected from being killed - for obvious reason.

Restarting the computer is your best solution.

I would...
...uninstall MSE
...restart MSE
But, that is just me.
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23 Aug 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

No it's not just you. That is also the way I would do it.
Why would one not want to restart the computer?

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24 Aug 2015   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Because I have multiple services running off this computer, so each restart takes about an hour since all of those services need to be stopped before restarting and then started up again after Windows boots up. And of course any other computers on the network using those services need to save their work as well before the services can be stopped, otherwise there's going to be data loss.

As a result, as much as possible I try not to restart this computer more than the once a month needed for Patch Tuesday.
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24 Aug 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I don't think MSE was or is designed to work for a Server application.

From post #4
Because I have multiple services running off this computer,
**What operating system are you using on this computer??

I know little about Servers. Just hang in their and somebody with knowledge of such things should drop by.

I do know that the server for this forum reboots every night for maintenance while their are thousands of us using the forum and slows things down for less than 2 minutes and things are back to normal. That tells me it can be done I just don't know how it's done.
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