How to Fix Unresponsive Programs in Windows XP

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Programs on a Windows XP operating system can become unresponsive because of memory problems. Too many opened browser windows, large media applications and instant-messaging programs running at the same time prevent the system from distributing random-access memory (RAM) efficiently. As a result, a program freezes because it lacks sufficient memory to run its processes.

Instructions
1
Shut down the unresponsive program from the Windows Task Manager. To do so, press "Ctrl," "Alt," and "Delete" together to open the Task Manager.

2
Click the "Processes" tab. You should see a list of the currently running programs on your computer displayed in ".exe" format.

3
Scroll through the processes tab and click the unresponsive program (e.g. messenger.exe) and click "End Process." This will force the program to terminate.

4
Close additional programs you have running to free up system RAM. The more programs you have running, the more memory you need; that means a program is likely to become unresponsive. Closing down extra programs and browser windows fixes unresponsive programs.

5
Relaunch the program after closing the additional ones and resume use.

6
Uninstall the program and reinstall a fresh copy if it is still freezing. A program that is continually unresponsive could have damaged files. To uninstall the program, click the Windows "Start" button and click "Control Panel."

7
Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to open the programs window. Click the program you want to uninstall and click "Change/remove" to uninstall it.

8
Reinstall the application using either an installation disc or an Internet download.