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Windows 7: Are background processes causing my application to lock?

02 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Are background processes causing my application to lock?

I am running Adobe Flash Professional CC on a Toshiba AMD laptop running Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

None of the dialog windows in Flash CC function properly; the window opens but the buttons don't work. Some dialog windows cause the application to lock and I have to close it via Task Manager.
I wonder if another process is conflicting with Flash Pro CC.

I've attached a screenshot of all the processes that are running. I've checked each process on the excellent site:
Windows startup programs - Database search and I don't see an obvious culprit.

Does anyone see a process that I should get rid of? Or do you have any other suggestions?
The computer has recently been scanned by CC Cleaner, MalwareBytes, Avast Free Anti-virus and SpyBot.

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02 May 2014   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Your screen print shows you have 62 processes running but there are not 62 processes in the list.
You need to click Show processes from all users to see all the processes running.
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02 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks for that advice, DavidW7ncus.
As far as I know, there is only one user on the computer, so I didn't click that button.
I'll do it.
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02 May 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP


It shows how to troubleshoot processes in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
as well as go over your install closely to find problems.

We have gradually stopped co-recommending Avast here as problems with its bloating have mounted. I would uninstall it and use Microsoft Security Essentials which will at least tell you if it is involved.

Similarly no one has advised Spybot since before the Win7 era when it similarly bloated up and became permanently buggy. We now use SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads and AdwCleaner. I prefer the former.

Are you running the Toshiba factory preinstalled Win7 which is similarly bloated with duplicate utilties that conflict with better versions built into Win7? To begin enjoying Win7 native performance for the first time you may want to consider what most tech enthusiasts do and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware.
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03 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I've attached a new screenshot of Task Manager - Processes, this time showing All Users.
The computer involved is my business partner's. His system HP Win 7 Home Premium. Detailed specs below.

As described in my original post, Flash Professional CC is not functioning properly, and this is the top priority. Adobe has suggested we delete the Flash CC Configuration folder to fix that.

Also the machine is slower in general than it should be.

I suspect some of the slowness issue is due partly to Processes and partly to HP bloatware. Gregrocker. I appreciate your advice about bloatware on my Toshiba laptop, and any similar advice about this HP is appreciated.


Here are the HP specs:

HP Pavilion Elite Desktop / AMD Phenom™ II Processor / 8GB Memory / 1TB Hard Drive
HP USB keyboard, HP optical mouse
Software: HP MediaSmart Suite; Microsoft Works 9.0 and more

Product Features
VISION Ultimate Technology by AMD
For cutting-edge, high-definition performance while creating and editing HD videos, manipulating detailed photos, playing graphics-rich games, editing and mixing music, recording live TV or creating podcasts.
AMD Phenom™ II quad-core processor 945*
True multicore processing for extreme multitasking performance. Cool'n'Quiet™ 3.0 and CoolCore™ technologies and Dual Dynamic Power Management™ for efficient energy usage.
Direct Connect Architecture
Delivers overall system performance. HyperTransport™ technology, AMD Balanced Smart Cache and AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator for quick access times and improved performance.
AMD Memory Optimizer Technology
For multithreaded software performance, and AMD Virtualization with Rapid Virtualization Indexing to help virtualization software run securely and efficiently.
For multitasking power, expandable to 16GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Features read support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM). Double-layer support using compatible media. Supports LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible media.
2MB L2 + 6MB shared L3 cache memory
For efficient system processing.
1TB Serial ATA hard drive
Offers plenty of storage capacity.
ATI Radeon HD 5450 Series graphics
For lush images with stunning detail. HDMI output for connection to and HDTV. High-definition audio with up to 7.1 surround sound capability.
15-in-1 media reader
Supports CompactFlash Type I/II, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital and miniSD.
Also supports MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard Plus MultiMediaCard mobile, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card.
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 7 USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet networking interface
For flexible wired Web connectivity options.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable computing platform.
Software package included
With HP MediaSmart Suite, Microsoft Works 9.0 and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office also included.

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03 May 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP


Why do you need that flash program? Have you uninstalled it to see if the problem abates?

If not have you at the least established a clean boot and other steps in Clean Up Factory Bloatware
to try to get a handle on the HP factory bloatware. HP's have the worst load of bloatware in the industry, making their preinstalled Win7 the worst possible install one can have. There's little point in troubleshooting something that crippled. I'd just do the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and have the best install anyone can possibly have. Not a hard choice.
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03 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks for your answer gregrocker.

The clean reinstall using HP's built in recovery partition looks like the best route for me.
"On newer models HP Recovery may offer a Minimized OS Recovery option when booting from F11, which retains only the OS, Recovery Manager, HP Support Asst, and HP Wireless LAN. This is as close to a clean reinstall as you can get without doing one yourself."

Our HP computer was purchased in July 2010. Is there a way I can look at the HP factory image from inside Windows Explorer to determine if it is one of those 'newer models HP Recovery may offer a Minimized OS Recovery option'?
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03 May 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP


Just reboot into HP System Recovery to check if its offered on the Recovery menu. If so you can cancel out of it and prepare for it, but I'd back up my files first just in case you get an itchy trigger finger.

The preparatory steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 may be of help to get ready, help you remember everything.

After reinstall I would uninstall any HP software in Control Panel>Programs and Features including the HP Connection manager to reconnect via the icon in System Tray to avoid the buggy HP intermediary and enjoy Win7's superior connection and utilities. HP has nothing to offer of value except maybe a Power Manager's battery tender to extend battery life only.
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03 May 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks I visited the HP System Recovery link you sent and it says this about Minimized Image Recovery:
"Available on many of HP's notebook computers, the Minimized Image Recovery removes all partitions, reformats the entire hard drive, reinstalls the original operating system and hardware drivers, and reinstalls HP essential software (such as HP Support Assistant and HP Recovery Manager). Minimized Image Recovery does not reinstall the trial applications and games."

Our computer is a desktop, so we don't have that option.

These other 2 options sound like they re-install all the original HP bloatware:
System Recovery: This option reformats the system drive (usually C), reinstalls the original operating system, and reinstalls all the original hardware drivers and software. System Recovery does not impact user created partitions. If there are two hard drives, System Recovery modifies only the drive with the operating system.

Factory Reset: Factory Reset removes all partitions, reformats the entire hard drive, reinstalls the original operating system, and reinstalls all the original hardware drivers and software. This option also recreates the required Recovery partition (usually D) and UEFI partition (usually E) and reinstalls the required software.
The Factory Reset option returns all of the notebook's software to the condition it was in at the time of purchase. All user changes or additions are removed.
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03 May 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I'm considering another option.

Since this HP computer is old for the Flash animation work we do, I may buy a new Windows 7 computer from CyberPower. We have a colleague who does animation using a CyberPower Win 7 machine. If it works for him it will work for us.
I don't think CyberPower adds bloatware.

Any thoughts or alternative suggestions?
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