This type of frozen or non-responsive programmes is usually experienced by users of Windows operating system. Sometimes it is one or two programmes not responding and at times the entire computers get frozen or unresponsive. Since, you already know what to do in case of Windows XP; I will concentrate on what you should do in Window 7 if you face this problem. But you must understand that some of the programmes take quite long even from 10-20 minutes to close. So patience is the answer to that. Be patient and let the Windows close the programme. Do not immediately use the power switch off operation as it will harm your computer and even some of the data might also be lost. So, next time your computer becomes unresponsive, it shows that some of the programmes are not letting it work normally. So, we must wait for the programme to close.
Sometimes when the programme does not close, we have to try to force it to close. In Windows 7, you have to right click on then 'close Window'. In Windows XP, you press the Ctrl, Alt, Delete to get the Task Manager, but if you press these keys in Windows 7, you will get an intermediate screen where you can click on the tab 'Start Task Manager' to open the Task Manager. In case you want to skip the intermediate screen, then you should press Ctrl, Shft and Esc keys together to start the Task Manager. In the Windows Task Manager, select the Applications Tab and under the Tasks scroll down the list of running programmes to find the programme you want to stop and then click on End Task which you will find at the bottom of the window. Now give enough time for the programme to stop. The rest of the procedure is the same as for Windows XP.
In case your programme is frozen and your mouse also stops functioning, then use the Windows Start Key in between the Ctrl and Alt at the bottom left of your keyboard. In the Windows XP you have to use the arrow key to get to the Run command which can be found on the right side of the start menu. Then you have to type the 'Taskmgr.exe' in the run command to open Task Manager. However, in the Windows 7, it is quite easy. You have to just press the Windows key on your keyboard and you would see the cursor at the bottom of the PopUp menu that opens. Type Taskmgr.exe in this text box and press Enter key to open the Task Manager.
If all these procedures do not work, then only use the last option of restarting your computer to fix the problem.
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