Fábio Antunes Fábio Antunes - 11 months ago 117
C# Question

Process.kill() denied in Windows 7 32bits even with Administrator privileges

Hello every one.

I'm faced with a weird problem. My application has a simple method that in case IE enters a state were it gets unresponsive this method is fired closing all IE process's and then the application restarts its work with IE.

Method code:

foreach (System.Diagnostics.Process exe in System.Diagnostics.Process.GetProcesses())
if (exe.ProcessName.StartsWith("iexplore"))

Even debugging my application with Administrator privileges the application sometimes runs this method successfully and some other times i get the error
Access Denied
even running as Administrator.

I even coded my own manifest file specifying the need for this application to be executed with Administrator rights, which i think i got it right.

Manifest Code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<asmv1:assembly manifestVersion="1.0" xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" xmlns:asmv1="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" xmlns:asmv2="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<assemblyIdentity version="" name="Demo.app"/>
<trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2">
<requestedPrivileges xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
<requestedExecutionLevel level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false" />
<compatibility xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:compatibility.v1">

Anyone had this same issue before? How can i correct this weird problem.


Ani Ani
Answer Source

Given that you say you always possess administrative privileges when you attempt to call this method, the following would explain why you have intermittent issues:


If the call to the Kill method is made while the process is currently terminating, a Win32Exception is thrown for Access Denied.

If you've quickly hit 'delete' + 'OK' twice, on an entry in Process-Explorer, you'll know what I'm talking about.