Full Fix: Application not responding in Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Matthew Adams By: Matthew Adams
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Are you getting the “Program Not Responding” error message in Windows 10? When that happens a program freezes up, and then you can’t close its window the usual way or select any of its options. The best way to close a frozen program is to press the Ctrl + Alt + Del hotkey to open Task Manager, select the software on the Processes tab and press End task. There isn’t necessarily a guaranteed fix for software freezing up, but these are a few of the various fixes that can greatly reduce applications not responding in Windows 10.

Application no responding in Windows 10, how to fix it?

If your applications aren’t responding in Windows 10, that can be a big problem. Speaking of application issues, here are some common problems that users reported:

  • Programs not responding Windows 8 – This issue can appear on older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8. Even if you don’t use Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to older versions of Windows.
  • Microsoft Windows the application is not responding. The program may respond again if you wait – This message can sometimes appear as soon as your PC boots. However, you might be able to fix it simply by removing problematic applications or by updating Windows.
  • Application not responding desktop, Spotify, Google Chrome, browser – This issue can affect almost any application on your PC. If you have this issue with certain applications, reinstall them and check if that solves the problem.

Solution 1 – Check your antivirus

According to users, sometimes you might get Application not responding message due to your antivirus. As you know, antivirus tools can sometimes interfere with your system and cause certain issues to appear. To fix this problem, it’s advised to disable certain antivirus features and check if that works.

If the issue is still present, you can also try disabling your antivirus completely. In worst case scenario, you might have to completely remove your antivirus to solve this issue. Even if you remove your antivirus, Windows 10 will activate Windows Defender and protect you from online threats.

If removing the antivirus solves the issue, it might be a good time to for you to consider switching to a different antivirus solution. There are many great antivirus tools available, but the best is  BullGuard, so feel free to try it out.

It’s worth mentioning that this issue can also occur if you have two or more antivirus tools running on your PC. Antivirus software can come into conflict with one another, so in order to ensure that your system is running smoothly, we advise you to install just one antivirus.


Solution 2 – Open Fewer Programs at a Time

First, note that overextended system resources are a primary factor behind software not responding. When you’ve got too many programs open at once, they’re all competing for increasingly limited system resources. Consequently, that can lead to software conflicts and one application not responding. This Windows Report guide tells you a little more about RAM and how you can optimize Windows 10.

Thus, a simple fix for applications not responding is to open less software on your taskbar and close some background processes. Having less software open will maximize system resources for fewer programs. You can also close some background processes by right-clicking the taskbar, selecting Task Manager, selecting a background process and clicking End task.


Solution 3 – Reinstall the Software

If it’s a more specific program that’s often not responding, consider reinstalling the software. Reinstalling a fresh copy of a program will guarantee it’s the most updated version. Furthermore, the update software will also be at its default settings and might have some handy new options. Enter ‘programs and features’ in your Cortana search box and select Programs and Features to open the window below from which you can remove software.

Microsoft Windows the application is not responding. The program may respond again if you wait

Alternatively, you can uninstall problematic applications by using uninstaller software. If you’re not familiar, uninstaller software is a special application that will completely remove the selected program from your PC.

These applications will remove all files and registry entries associated with the selected application ensuring that the application is completely removed. If you’re looking for a good uninstaller software, we recommend you try Revo Uninstaller.


Solution 4 – Update Windows 10

Updating Windows 10 will also reduce software not responding errors. So make sure you have Windows Update enabled and preferably configured to automatic so software can make the most of the update agent. You can configure Windows Update as follows.

  1. Enter ‘services’ into the Cortana search box and select Services.
  2. Select Windows Update to open the window shown below.
    Programs not responding Windows 8
  3. Select Automatic from the Startup Type drop-down menu if that’s not already selected.
  4. Then press the Apply and OK buttons to confirm the new setting.

Solution 5 – Scan and Fix the Registry

Sometimes your registry might hold corrupted entries and those entries can interfere with your system and cause Application not responding message to appear. To fix that, it’s advised to clean your registry. Doing this manually can be a complex and tedious task, therefore it’s better to use a dedicated tool.

There are many great tools that can help you with that, and if you’re looking for a good tool to clean your registry, we would have to recommend Wise Registry Cleaner. Once you clean your registry with this tool, check if the problem is resolved.


Solution 6 – Run the System File Checker

The System File Checker is a handy tool that you can fix corrupted system files with. Corrupted system files can also cause the program not responding errors. You can check and repair system files with the SFC as follows.

  1. Press the Win key + X hotkey and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the Win + X menu.
    Application not responding Spotify
  2. Now input sfc /scannow and press the Enter key.
    Programs not responding Windows 8
  3. The scan will probably take up to 15 minutes or perhaps a little longer. When the scan has finished, the Command Prompt window might state, “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  4. Next, close the Command Prompt and restart Windows.

If SFC scan didn’t fix your problem, or if you were unable to run SFC scan, you might be able to fix the issue by running DISM scan instead. To do that, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Now enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter to run this command.
    Programs not responding Windows 8
  3. DISM scan will now start. The scan can take about 20 minutes, sometimes even more, so don’t interrupt it.

Once the DISM scan is finished, check if the problem still appears. If the issue is still present, you might want to try running SFC scan once again and check if that solves the problem.


Solution 7 – End Windows Desktop Manager task

According to users, sometimes certain tasks can slow down your PC and cause this issue to appear. The most common cause of this problem is Windows Desktop Manager, and in order to fix the issue, it’s advised to end this process. This is rather simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. When Task Manager opens, locate Windows Desktop Manager process, right-click it and choose End Task from the menu.
    Microsoft Windows the application is not responding. The program may respond again if you wait

After doing that, the issue should be resolved. Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, and it’s rather likely that the Windows Desktop Manager will start again once you restart your PC.


Solution 8 – Make changes to your registry

According to users, sometimes certain registry values can cause this issue to appear. However, you can fix the problem simply by deleting few registry entries. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Now press Enter or click OK.
    Application not responding Google Chrome
  2. Go to File > Export.
    Programs not responding Windows 8
  3. Set Export range to All. Now enter the desired file name and click the Save button. After doing that, you’ll have a backup of your registry ready. In case anything goes wrong after modifying the registry, simply run the backup file to restore your registry to the original state.
    Programs not responding Windows 8
  4. Now go to Edit > Find.
    Microsoft Windows the application is not responding. The program may respond again if you wait
  5. Enter 54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00 or Core Parking and click Find Next. Both search queries will give you the same results, so you can use either of them.
    Application not responding desktop
  6. Delete the keys related to CoreParking. Repeat steps 4-5 to find all keys related to CoreParking and delete them. Keep in mind that some keys might be protected, so you won’t be able to delete them.

After deleting all these keys, check if the problem is still present. If this method seems too complicated for you, there’s an alternative method you can try. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Now go to Edit > Find and search for 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583.
  3. Set both MinValue and MaxValue to 0.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you change all MinValue and MaxValue entries to 0.

Once you make these changes, check if the problem is resolved.

Those are a few of the best ways you can fix program not responding errors. More general system maintenance that includes registry, virus and SFC scans will go some way to reducing applications not responding in Windows 10. Conserving system resources by opening less software at once will also ensure programs run more smoothly.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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