How To Exit a "Frozen" Windows Program

Every once in a while we encounter a problem with our Windows computer. I’m sure while reading this your head is already nodding in agreement. Once your computer freezes on a specific program, you have a hard time getting out of it. No matter how many times you frantically click on that small box, usually in red, on the top right portion of the program, it will not budge at all. How can you work around it when this happens? Let me introduce you then to our dear friend, the ‘Three-Finger Salute’, which is represented by the keys Control, Alt and Delete. Here are the steps to be able to exit from a frozen windows program on your computer:

1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys on your computer keyboard.

Make sure that you press these keys in succession. Make sure that you don’t release the Ctrl key while you’re still pressing the Alt and the Delete keys.

2. Choose the Windows program that completely froze on you.

If you’re using Windows XP, it will open the Windows Task Manager, where it is defaulted to the Applications tab, giving you a list of the running programs on your computer. Locate the program that froze on you, usually beside the program name, and you will see ‘Not Responding’ beside it. Make sure you highlight that specific program and click on the End Task button. A confirmation window will pop up, so just press OK. If you are using an older version of the Windows Operating System, instead of the Windows Task Manager, a window indicating Close Programs will appear. Just browse through the list of the open programs and highlight the frozen program, select End Task, and confirm it. Once these steps are done, then you can continue with whatever it was that you were doing.

Be very careful when you press the Three-Finger Salute, especially when you are using an older version of Windows, as it will automatically reboot your computer if you press it twice. Another thing you have to be advised of is that this procedure of pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del does not save and retrieve any unsaved data. There are some programs and software applications that allow you to at least retrieve the information, but that does not give you a hundred percent guarantee. Do remember that computers are machines that need to rest. Try shutting down the computer whenever you don’t use it, and when you reboot it, give it at least a ten to twenty second leeway before powering it back on. Your computer might just need additional RAM also to help it run the programs smoothly when it’s powered on. Don’t forget to check with your Computer Technician so he can help you out in figuring out what’s wrong with your computer if this happens often.


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