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Windows 7: Multiple programs stop responding in Win 7


10 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Multiple programs stop responding in Win 7

I have recurring "not responding" programs in Win 7. The affected programs are MS Office, Cad programs, Photoshop, etc. I tested my ram and all is good. Processor and temps are all excellent. Hard drive has no bad sectors. All drivers have been updated. Problem usually (but not always) goes away after reboot. I'm stumped!
Velocity Micro running Win 7 64, 8 GB ram, Intel core i7 870, nvidia gx 275.

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10 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'll ask the standard questions:

1. Are you running anti-virus? Have you scanned for viruses lately?
2. What applications/services are running in the background?
3. Where do you get your drivers? If you get them from Microsoft, have you considered getting them from the hardware manufacturer instead? Microsoft drivers tend to lag behind quite a bit, especially for NICs and video cards.
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10 Mar 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Work through these troubleshooting steps especially running Malwarebytes full scan, getting a Clean Boot and running SFC right away.
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10 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Been there- done that

I did all that stuff long ago- the problem persists. Since multiple programs have this problem, and all other hardware related problems have been ruled out, that leaves only one culprit...Windows 7!
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10 Mar 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Which is why I gave you steps to troubleshoot Windows 7.

If you've tried all of the troubleshooting steps I gave then what were the results of SFC, Repair Install, running Full Factory Recovery or Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM?
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10 Mar 2012   #6

Windows XP Will Soon be Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netized View Post
I have recurring "not responding" programs in Win 7. The affected programs are MS Office, Cad programs, Photoshop, etc. I tested my ram and all is good. Processor and temps are all excellent. Hard drive has no bad sectors. All drivers have been updated. Problem usually (but not always) goes away after reboot. I'm stumped!
Velocity Micro running Win 7 64, 8 GB ram, Intel core i7 870, nvidia gx 275.
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From your system description it does not make sense you should be having any problems. Do you have a proper working virus and malicious software scanner running? This is important.

In case you have some OS files that are damaged, try running SFC /SCANNOW. This must be run from the system prompt. You will have to be logged in with full administrator rights in your system to use this utility. With SFC you will need the installation disk for Windows 7 (OS), or have the complete installation file sets on the hard disk where SFC can find them.

SFC is System File Compare. This software will look for system files that do not properly match to the original OS installation. It will then prompt you to allow them to be corrected if it finds any at fault.

You can also run from the system prompt CHKDSK /F This utility will scan the hard disk and look for any general type of files that are causing execution faults, and make the best possible attempt to fix them.

From your description, there are may be damaged files, or the hard disk is defective in some sectors, or there are some software files that are causing problems.

In the worse case, you would have to re-install the complete system.
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11 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netized View Post
I did all that stuff long ago- the problem persists. Since multiple programs have this problem, and all other hardware related problems have been ruled out, that leaves only one culprit...Windows 7!
You didn't answer my questions. Please go back to my post and answer them, so we know what processes are running, etc.
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11 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netized View Post
I did all that stuff long ago- the problem persists. Since multiple programs have this problem, and all other hardware related problems have been ruled out, that leaves only one culprit...Windows 7!
I'm sure if Windows 7 is the culprit as you put it, millions of users would be besieging Microsoft asking for their money back.

The fact that they are not suggests there is something intrinsically wrong with your system.

If you fail to investigate the steps that others have given you it doesn't leave us with much leeway to help you out.

Do you need to have so many programs running at the same time?

CAD apps and Photoshop in particular are memory hungry and if used at the same time can result in the system slowing down.

Just running what you need and increasing your RAM would help, although at 8GB it should be enough for everyday tasks.
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11 Mar 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

That means keeping the freeloaders out of startup by establishing a Clean Boot which was also given in my troubleshooting steps.

But you said you'd already done all of that, right?
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11 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

ntized /So all the fine people trying to help you don't go in circles could you please make a list of every thing you have tried and the results?
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