How to Fix Windows When It's Not Responding

by Amanda Rumble

When using programs in Microsoft Windows, you may encounter an error when the program stops responding. This makes the program unusable and your computer may freeze up completely. Windows will try to fix the error automatically, but this may take a significant amount of time. You can end the process yourself in the Task Manager for quicker results and more control over the computer.

Open "Task Manager." Right-click the taskbar located at the bottom of your screen, and click "Task Manager." Alternatively, press "CTRL", "ALT" and "DEL" at the same time and click "Start Task Manager" when administrative options appear.

Click "Applications" and click the program that is not responding. The task manager lists the status of each program. Programs that are running successfully have "running" as their status, while others have a "Not responding" status.

Click "end task" to exit the program. A confirmation message appears on the screen, asking if you are sure you want to end the program. Click "OK."


  • close If you end the process or application because it won't respond, you may lose unsaved data.

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About the Author

Amanda Rumble has been writing for online publications since 2000, primarily in the fields of computing and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo in information technology. Rumble also focuses on writing articles involving popular video games and Internet culture.

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