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Windows 7: Ending tasks in Task Manager my PC hangs

06 Jan 2012   #1

Win 7 SP1 x64
Ending tasks in Task Manager my PC hangs

Normally when im gaming i end various tasks that i no longer need before starting a game.

I do this in task manager however i end 3 or 4 tasks and then my PC hangs, it happens at any time when i do this in task manager, never happened before....

The only thing i can think of that could be affecting my PC in this unusal manner i had installed some windows updates..

Anyone else having this problem, could you please shed some light, maybe youve notice something else recently.

One note once this happened i have to reboot my PC manaually, could it be of the last windows updates we all had, im running Windows 7 x64 ultimate

Please help ? Thanks

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06 Jan 2012   #2

Win7Ultimate x64 + x32, Win7Pro x64, XP x32, Win 2003, Ubuntu and OpenIndiana

"Doctor, it hurts when I hit myself with a hammer."

"Then don't hit yourself with a hammer."

If your computer hangs when you kill "non essential" processes, then they aren't actually non essential. Don't kill processes unless you know what you're doing.
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06 Jan 2012   #3

Win 7 SP1 x64

Sorry forgot to explain properly, the processes im killing i do know and are non essential, ive done it many times before...

The processes im killing are like, startup programs ive installed, ati cataylst ccc and mon etc...
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06 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Ending tasks in task manager is not the way to do it - you should end them in the proper way so that they can perform any tasks they need to do when closing. When you finish driving, you don't just jump out and walk away while you're still moving; you park and turn off the engine first.

Edit: replied at the same time.
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06 Jan 2012   #5

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

You turn off services related to your graphics card before playing a game? That sounds like an easy way to screw things up right there. Windows knows how to manage these running processes. Unless you have 80 processes running on a really slow processor, there's no need to be doing all of this manually. If you need to do disable services in order to play a game, then we need to address the real issue with the computer as to why you can't play the game without doing so.
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06 Jan 2012   #6

Win 7 SP1 x64

i just wanted to know why my task manager stops responding when ending a task, anyways i heard gaming with 40 or under processes running is so much better then gaming with 60+.

All the tasks im ending i do know of and what they do, no harm is given when i end, its that recently, when ending a few the task manager stop responding, its just started happening not had this problem before... wierd ?
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06 Jan 2012   #7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

I would stop killing integral processes (yes, they are integral, whether you heard they are or not) on your machine based on something you heard somewhere about how gaming with 40 or under processes is "so much better" than gaming with 60. That's the kind of generalized statement made by someone who has no clue how the OS works, or what they're doing, and isn't the best person to be taking advice from. There are so many other variables and factors that go into such an equation that you can't make a statement like that. Or, at least, no one intelligent about computers can. To show an equivalent statement, I could say my car runs so much better on 87 octane instead of 91, but that doesn't mean your car does the same by any means. Running your car on 87 could cause premature engine death. Fortunately, in this case, you can reinstall Windows if you kill it, but it will still be an unnecessary waste of your time.

If you know about all of the processes you're killing and exactly how they work and what they do, why don't you know why your machine is freezing because of them? Do you see how that doesn't add up?

The fact that it's worked before and is only recently freezing could also be something completely unrelated like a virus you've somehow contracted, but I'd guess it's more likely due to your manual killing of processes that are obviously integral to the system's operation.
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06 Jan 2012   #8

Win 7 SP1 x64

i dont know why i asked, your not helping me solve the problem. ill solve it myself, all i know i think it could be either driver related or windows update related...

ive always done this and not had any problems for 6-7yrs as i said i know what all the process are doing, im not killing any windows services or anything related to the windows and the hardware, most of them are superficial eg software that ive installed that run on startup, monitoring software etc..

Thanks for the advice, ill sort it myself......
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06 Jan 2012   #9

win 7 ( 64 bit)

can you list the services that your killing? maybe it will hint to whats going on so someone can help you better.

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06 Jan 2012   #10

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Then, just disable those from starting up in the registry if you don't need them. The point here is, if there's a separate problem with your system, you're exacerbating it by killing these processes manually which doesn't need to be done in the first place for any reason. You have only told us that you're killing processes and the system freezes when you do. Well, with that information, it would lead everyone to believe that is causing the problem. However, you say it has never caused a problem before, so it isn't the problem now. There is no other place for us to go with this unless you're willing to understand that this action you're performing is actually part of the problem and help us try to troubleshoot why it's now causing an issue. It just doesn't make sense that killing the process doesn't hurt anything yet it freezes the system. You're going to have to elaborate more on the issue and try to think of anything else on the system that has changed recently or has been recently installed to help us figure this out.
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