Mar 172008
 


Exit a program that is not responding

If a program on your computer stops responding, Windows will try to find the problem and fix it automatically. If you don’t want to wait, you can end the program yourself by using Task Manager.

Using Task Manager to end a program yourself might be faster than waiting, but any unsaved changes will be lost. If you have important work that you want to keep, wait a few minutes and let Windows try to fix the problem first.

  • Open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and then clicking Task Manager.
  • Click the Applications tab, click the program that is not responding, and then click End Task.

End a process

If you notice a process reducing your computer’s performance—because it either uses a high percentage of central processing unit (CPU) resources or a large amount of random access memory (RAM)—you can use Task Manager to end the process. Try closing your open programs to see if the process ends before using Task Manager to end the process.

  • Open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and then clicking Task Manager.
  • Click the Processes tab to see a list of all the processes that are currently running under your user account, and a description of each process. To view all of the processes currently running on the computer, click Show processes from all users. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Click a process, and then click End Process.

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