M'soft Windows - not responding?!

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  1. (TYranitarFReak)

    (TYranitarFReak) New Member

    So this thread is about the windows ( or maybe it's just some Windows users).

    Sometimes (or, quite frequently), my PC would take a LONG long time loading any new windows like Microsoft Word/ My documents / windows media player. Sometimes it becomes "not responding" and i have to do the "Ctrl + Alt + delete" method to close it.

    But i am not the only one with this problem. My teacher's laptop have this kinda problem too.

    So, does this happen to EVERY windows or it's just my SLOW pc's problem??
  2. poketo

    poketo New Member

    Do you defrag it or clean the disk that might make it quicker so you wont have as much problems
  3. Absoltrainer

    Absoltrainer Active Member

    Ok let me see if i have this right.

    Your PC does things VERY slowly and often goes in to "not responding mode"

    Please list what kind of computer you have and what versions of windows you use.
    Also is this just with applications or with all programs?
  4. master of puppets

    master of puppets New Member

    haha microsoft cant do anything right.
    to think that theyre putting their software into a car...
    that, my friends, scares the crap out of me.
  5. homeofmew

    homeofmew Active Member

    change your boot sequence so it reads the os first.
  6. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    Unresponsive programs is like Windows's signature move. They do it all the time to me too, even computers at school. So I don't think it is just you. I think it is just Microsoft. This is just the reason why I like Macs. :thumb:
  7. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    Macs have the same problem, but it just doesn't crop up as often b/c OSX isn't as resource intensive as WinXP.

    As AT suggested, could we see the specs of your computer, as well as the version of Windows you're running?
  8. poketo

    poketo New Member

    Have you ever tried to reboot it?
  9. unknown

    unknown New Member

    'Not Responding' Windows can be caused by a lot of different things. Some times it is caused by Windows, sometimes it is the program itself.

    The most common issue I see that in is a resource issue. Either you don't have enough RAM or a program is trying it all up. I generally don't have an issue with my programs 'Not Responding' unless I have a lot of things open at the same time. I am only running 1 gig of RAM, but with Vista.

    This is also caused when a program crashes. This can cause Windows to become unresponsive or just the program that crashed.

    I have seen Windows become unresponsive when the HDD is in use. Massive HDD activity will cause some programs to not respond. I see this a lot when I just right-click my music player and select Play with Windows Media Player. It has to read the 30 GB music files. Photoshop will cause my computer to hang when I open up a 500 MB psd because it is loading a lot of that to a scratch file.

    This shouldn't happen to you often unless your HDD is dying, you have too little RAM, there is a program causing it, or your install of Windows is becoming corrupt (generally through virus/spyware/malware or HDD failure).

    Macs do have this problem as well, I have seen it. I think that OSX is just as resource intensive as WinXP. I work at my school's helpdesk and see a lot of Macs come in with things not responding as well as received phone calls. Truthfully, I generally pass those on to people who have more experience. I am mainly a hardware, Windows, Linux, and networking support.

    As to homeofmew's suggestion, that will only make your boot sequence faster, although not by much.

    Defragging will reduce your HDD seek times, which will free up the HDD faster and release the resources. That is a good suggestion.

    Monitor the programs that are starting when the computer is. Remove any non-essential program. If you don't need it why run it? If you hardly use the program, I would stop it from starting (this may cause that program to take longer to start, but to me it is worth it if I don't use the program).
  10. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

  11. Marril

    Marril New Member

    How can something that doesn't exist consume resources?
  12. pat460

    pat460 New Member

    try wiping your hard drive. Its relativly easy, and would get rid of any problems your computer might have unless it is some hardware issue. The only things are that you need your windows disk, or someone else's as long as it is the same version of windows, and you need to back anything you want to keep up to something like an external hard drive or a CD.
  13. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    Correction for the technically correct: versions of Vista that have more functionality and more abilities.
  14. Marril

    Marril New Member

    Recovery partitions can go a long way in this, as well.
  15. (TYranitarFReak)

    (TYranitarFReak) New Member

    well, it's probably because my PC is low on everything.

    It's win XP SP2, 239MB RAM, About 40 GB HD space, 1.8 GHz..... all the stuffs you need for a slow PC.

    Personally i've never been lucky enough to use a insanely fast PC. So I'm just curious about everyone else with fast PCs.

    I'll try defrag~
  16. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    I've never heard of that exact number of RAM. Normally, it comes in exact powers of 2. I can't think of any combinations of powers of 2 that would yield an odd number.

    Clean off your hard drive, make sure that there's at least 25% free space, 35-40 is better.

    Start by running the Disk Cleanup utility on all your partitions. This will get rid of all the unnecessary junk your computer tends to build up, such as temporary internet files and the recycle bin.

    Then, defrag. Be careful, as it'll only defrag if at least 25% of your disk is free.

    Make sure that your antivirus and antispyware are up to date. Those two in particular are pretty necessary for a working computer.

    I'm not 100% sure how to do this, but you have to stop some of the programs that run on startup from even starting in the first place. Again, I'm not exactly sure how this is done, as I've never had to do it myself.

    Try out those before moving on to some more complicated methods of fixing the computer.

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