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Windows Vista Tricks To un-Freeze System Without Rebooting

August 10th, 2008 · 6 Comments

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You’ve probably encountered unpleasant experience while working on Windows Vista on several occasion. The system suddenly freeze-up while you are executing a Windows component (such as searching file on Windows Explorer or the desktop). Often, the system freeze-up occurred when you’re still working on several file or document and rebooting the system is not a good option to solve this problem because you will lose any unsaved data in open programs. However, there’s a way to fix this type of problem on Windows Vista without rebooting and losing your work:

1. When a Windows component freezes and becomes unresponsive, press Ctrl+Alt+Del.

2. Click the Start Task Manager button

Windows vista Booting screen

3. Click the Processes tab.

4. In the Image Name column, find the explorer.exe process.

5. Right-click on explorer.exe and select End Process,

Win Vista Process

6. A Task Manager warning pop-up is displayed, Click Yes to end the process

This step should make the desktop, and possibly open applications, temporarily disappear.

7. In Task Manager, click on the File menu, and select New Task (Run…)

Windows vista task screen

8. Type explorer.exe on the New Task windows, and click OK.

The Windows Explorer Shell should restarts and applications you had open previously, reappear.

win vista new task

That’s it, now you can continue working without worrying to lose data.


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6 comments for this entry ↓

  • 1 Windows Vista Tricks To un-Freeze System Without Rebooting | ArticleDirect.net // Aug 11, 2008 at 8:17 am

    [...] admin has published a nice information today onThe detailed information is You’ve probably encountered unpleasant experience while working on Windows Vista on several occasion. The system suddenly freeze-up while you are executing a Windows component (such as searching file on Windows Explorer or the desktop). Often, the system freeze-up occurred when you’re still working on several file or document and rebooting the system is not a good option to solve this problem because you will lose any unsaved data in open programs. However, there’s a way to fix this type of problem on Windows Vista without rebooting and losing your work: 1. When a Windows component freezes and becomes unresponsive, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. 2. Click the Start Task Manager button [...]

  • 2 Mahmoud Kabalan // Aug 31, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for this post man, very helpful. Surely, Ill try it

  • 3 Arthur // Mar 17, 2009 at 8:40 am

    also press the button to turn off, a little too much for less than 2 or 3 seconds, depending on your computer, you should see a window which asks you if you want to proceed with windows shut down or cancel the action to continue this work, does not always work , sometimes does not appear this window and turns off completely, so I always save your work.

  • 4 Hefin // Apr 5, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Trouble is my mouse and keyboard freeze as well then I have no option but to do a hard reboot and even then I may have to press the reset button to enable the reboot to continue!

  • 5 Jason // Nov 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Yessssssss! Such a tedious process of rebooting now avoidable, thank you so much!

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