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Force Quit a Not Responding Program in Windows

Updated on January 1, 2011
Not Responding Program
Not Responding Program

Force Quit a Not Responding Program

We've all seen it, all experienced it. But what do we do when it happens to us?

Programs may stop responding for a vast variety of reasons, simple crashes, bad installations..or simply because the application is under too much stress for your computer to handle.

Once this happens and the application has hung, the best way to force quit an application is using Task Manager. A simple easily accessible program on all Windows Operating systems.

This is a very basic, but very useful task for anyone that learns it. And I think even some techs may learn a thing or two!

Using Internet Explorer as an example. I will show you how to close the program down using task manager.

So our Internet Explorer has crashed "Oh No!". Don't panic, using Task Manager we can easily resolve this problem.

How to open Task Manager:

There are many ways to open Task Manager, but the simplest way is to press the keys

CTRL + ALT + DELETE - All Together

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may need to select "Task Manager" from the splash screen that appears. Most of the time on XP, you will be fine, unless you are connected to a domain.

Using Task Manager:

Firstly, you can try closing the application from here clicking the "End Task" button at the bottom. If this works, you are done! comes the clever part....

50% of the time using the applications tab will not work, and it will make it seem that your PC is crashing more. So here's what you do next!

Click on the processes tab. In that tab you will see a process called dumprep.exe this program is scanning for errors to send to Microsoft. This slows a lot of computers to a halt. It may in the long run help the situation by giving Microsoft error reports, but mainly its just a nuisance (In my opinion).

End the process dumprep.exe and watch your computer magically return to life!


If Task Manager Wont Open

If Task Manager will not open. There is one thing you can try. The "Sleep" button on your keyboard!

Yes I know it sounds ludicrous, but if you press this, your computer will go into standby mode. Turning it back on, can bring a crashed machine back to life.

If you try this and it works, come back and let me know, as I have never seen anyone else use this method before.

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      dog 5 years ago

      Would it not be better if you advised just to dis-able the dumprep? It's certainly easy to do. All that process does is send information to Microsoft Co, where it is immediately ignored along with the billions (that's thousand millions) of other reports sent in.

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      lily 7 years ago

      wow thanks the task manager thing was great when my laptop got stuck while viewing webcam images

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      Andrew 7 years ago

      Thank you very much for this (:

      For days my computer was going VERY slow because I couldn't close itunes and now it's fixed :D