At times, you cannot avoid encountering hang-ups as far as your PC is concerned. For one, you may never know if programs have gone corrupt or are encountering errors as far as compatibility or even longer time to load than usual. Before you know it, you will see that message right after the title bar saying “Not Responding”. So what do you do?
For the novice users, the reset button is the immediate recourse. Of course when you do that, you will be taken to the usual scandisk before it loads once again to the actual operating screen. But while that is perhaps the easiest way to remedy such a problem, you can always try the old fashioned way to bring up the task bar window, press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
Normally, in the old Windows versions like Windows 98, it would automatically reset your computer like pushing the reset button. But today in Windows XP, it brings up the Windows Task Bar Manager to which you can see the processes running and which programs are not responding. Do you notice that one option that says “Shut Down”? If you want to follow the right way to shut down your PC then use that and you can avoid the troubles of having to scandisk and put your hard drive and programs in jeopardy.
Some may know this but don’t really follow. But the number of times you reset manually can cause a lot of problems like crashes and system instability. Try the old fashioned way using the CTRL+ALT+DELETE. It is safer and wiser to use.