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Do you get the error message “Program not responding” in Windows 10? When this happens, a program freezes and you can no longer close its window in the usual way or select one of its options.
The best way to close a frozen program is to press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Task Manager, select the program in the Process tab and press Exit Task.
There is not necessarily a guaranteed solution for freezing software, but these are some of the various solutions that can significantly reduce the number of apps that stopped responding in Windows 10.
Restart your Computer
Since many technical problems can be solved by a reboot, restarting the computer never hurts. This is often enough to solve the problem if Windows 10 does not respond.
After rebooting, test if your problem is solved with this.
Updating Available Drivers
- Check for Windows updates to see if driver updates are available. If so, install them and see if it helps.
- Type “Updates” in the search bar and click on “Search for updates” in the left pane.
- Now click on the “Check for updates” button on the right hand side to get a new list of updates, and then install all the updates listed there.
You can go to the manufacturer’s website, download and install the latest version of the driver. Make sure you install the one that is compatible with your computer’s operating system.
Temporarily Disable your Antivirus Program
If you find that Windows 10 is not responding, you can temporarily disable your antivirus program and then restart the problematic program to see if the problem is resolved.
If the problem persists, try the following solution.
Closing Unnecessary Applications
System resource overload is responsible for the lack of response from Windows 10. If you run too many programs at the same time, they will compete for limited system resources, resulting in one program freezing or not responding.
To unlock the program, you must close some other applications that are not required. You can press Shift + Ctrl + Esc to open the task manager and then close some programs. Then check whether the non-compliant program has been deleted.
When a Windows program stops responding or crashes, it can be due to many different problems. For example, a conflict between the program and the computer hardware, a lack of system resources or software errors can cause Windows programs to become unresponsive.
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