ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

If you found this helpful, why not sign up to Hub Pages and write some articles, you can even make money in the process! Sign up to HubPages here.

Other Hubs by richardmacarthy


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 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.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

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

    • profile image


      8 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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)