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Topic Title: Autohotkey Script to Close Dragon without Saving the User Profile and Restarts
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Created On: 12/10/2019 12:39 PM
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 12/11/2019 07:13 PM
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With recent changes to KnowBrainer the batch file had to be "run as administrator" (at least on my Windows 10 machine). I started exploring workarounds. One version is to create a shortcut to the batch file on the Desktop and change the shortcut’s property so that it runs as administrator. I did not have great success with this although it sometimes work. I finally wrote a tiny C# application in Visual Studio 2017:

using System.Diagnostics;

using System.Threading;


namespace KillDragon {

   class Program {

      static void Main(string[] args) {       // PIDs  

         EndProcessTree("KBPro.exe");       //5264  

         Thread.Sleep(2000);//sleep 2 seconds

         EndProcessTree("ProcHandler.exe");  //9864



         Thread.Sleep(1000);//sleep 1 second

         EndProcessTree("dragonbar.exe");   //18008

         EndProcessTree("dgnuiasvr.exe");   //12644

         EndProcessTree("dgnuiasvr_x64.exe");  //700

         EndProcessTree("dgnsvc.exe");      //10500

         EndProcessTree("natspeak.exe");     //18088    




         //the commented out trees are from older versions and helpers



      private static void EndProcessTree(string imageName) {

         Process.Start(new ProcessStartInfo {

            FileName = "taskkill",

            Arguments = $"/im {imageName} /f /t",

            CreateNoWindow = true,

            UseShellExecute = false






As with the batch file it has a tendency to leave the icons in the tray (a minor irritation but no impediment to restarting KnowBrainer and/or Dragon). I've experimented around with solutions for clearing these icons from the tray and I suspect that I am fairly close to a solution but the visual irritation is not enough to spur me on to finding a solution.


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