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Chapter 22. What to Do When Your Compute... > Dealing with System Freezes

Dealing with System Freezes

When your computer freezes, more often than not, you must reboot to get things working again. Rebooting loses whatever you typed since you last saved the file you were in when the machine froze, but the process really doesn't hurt either your computer or your software programs. (Of course, this is another reason why you should save and save often when you're working on important documents!)

Try first to reboot from the keyboard by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination. This should bring up the Close Windows Task Manager. If you're lucky (!), your entire system really isn't frozen and you only have a problem with a single program not responding. If you have a frozen program, it will be listed on the Applications tab as “not responding.” Select that program from the list and click the End Task button. After a few seconds (well, up to 10 seconds or so) a Wait/Shutdown dialog box appears; confirm that you want to shut down the selected application. This should close the offending program and return your system to normal.


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