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Windows 7: Programs are "blinking" - NOT RESPONDING in Menu Bars

25 Mar 2016   #1
schememusic

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Programs are "blinking" - NOT RESPONDING in Menu Bars

Pretty much whatever programs I am running (primarily Mozilla and Outlook) consistently flash the screen and in the menu bar NOT RESPONDING blinks occasionally...

I have no idea what caused it... or why its doing so.

I thought it was a Mozilla thing... but its pretty much every program sees this "NOT RESPONDING MESSAGE" in the menu bar flashing... sometimes the entire window that is open flashes in a manner that briefly resembles a momentary minimize (as in the desktop shows behind the window - for a split second) ... It also is lagging my computer as these instances occur

Help please


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25 Mar 2016   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

First thing I would try is a complete scan with MBAM

Edit: Also what is the size of your system partition and how much free space is there? If the drive is nearly full the system can easily bog.
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25 Mar 2016   #3
schememusic

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

its a 219gb partition...with 116gb free

have run multiple scans... all clean in that sense
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26 Mar 2016   #4
SCANNERMAN777

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Something as simple as a System Restore or boot to Last Known Good Configuration from Safe Mode can fix this. I've seen this happen on my daughter's Windows Vista 32 bit. Try it if you haven't yet and get back to us.
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26 Mar 2016   #5
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Scheme,
from an elevated admin command run sfc /scannow, (note the space)

Roy
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26 Mar 2016   #6
schememusic

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

1) last known good configuration didnt work
2) i just found out system restore wasnt enabled... TODAY... as I went to go restore... (this is a work laptop and my boss apparently configured it that way before handing it off to me like a year ago)... so cant do that
3) Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
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26 Mar 2016   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

See if you can start Windows in Safe Mode and have this problem.
Safe Mode

If you don't have the problem in Safe Mode, try a Clean Startup.
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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26 Mar 2016   #8
schememusic

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Safe mode seemed to help..
After a clean startup... still having issue
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27 Mar 2016   #9
SCANNERMAN777

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

After running in safe mode and learning there was no operative System Restore, I would run some intensive scans - starting with a good registry cleaner and a serious virus scan (following the sfc /scannow option). If this didn't produce desired results I would use the Windows 7 installation disc that came with the PC and use the repair option that comes built into the Windows 7 installation disc. If this failed to help me fix the problem I would just reinstall the o/s after backing up all my files on a separate device.

I've only seen this problem on Vista and a simple restore fixed it. I'm sorry System Restore was not an option for you and that Last Known Good Configuration from Safe Mode isn't solving the problem. They are good simple options to use before doing anything drastic. I'm guessing you're not running any external backup discs or that you have a Windows Recovery disc in your possession. Should you manage to solve your problem with a re-install I highly recommend burning a Windows Recovery disc immediately after updating your re-installed operating system and running a backup on an external hard drive.

Unless someone can recommend a 'quick fix' that works you could be struggling with this for a considerable time. I know reinstalling sounds time intensive BUT many times I've looked at the time I've wasted trying to fix a broken system and compared it to what it would cost in time doing a reinstall. The reinstall is actually in most cases like this, is faster.
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29 Mar 2016   #10
schememusic

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Any suggestions on a good registry cleaner (I use the one in CCleaner), or serious virus scan?
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