Windows 10: What does "Not responding" imply?


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       1 Week Ago #1

    What does "Not responding" imply?


    I hope this is not too much a bonehead question, but what does it really mean when Windows flags a program as "Not responding"? Has Windows performed an action that should interrupt the program's execution but the program has not given control back to Windows - like a tight loop? (I assume in a single threaded environment, Windows itself would be dead in that case.)

    Or does it imply that the program is waiting on an event that cannot happen - e.g. two threads in a deadlock?

    Or does it imply something I haven't thought of?
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       1 Week Ago #3

    Thanks. That helped.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    pokeefe0001 said: View Post
    I hope this is not too much a bonehead question, but what does it really mean when Windows flags a program as "Not responding"? Has Windows performed an action that should interrupt the program's execution but the program has not given control back to Windows - like a tight loop? (I assume in a single threaded environment, Windows itself would be dead in that case.)

    Or does it imply that the program is waiting on an event that cannot happen - e.g. two threads in a deadlock?

    Or does it imply something I haven't thought of?


    If a man pisses off his girlfriend/wife, and he tries to talk to her, she'll ignore him....... She's "Not Responding". .lol
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       1 Week Ago #5

    vgkfan83 said: View Post
    If a man pisses off his girlfriend/wife, and he tries to talk to her, she'll ignore him....... She's "Not Responding". .lol
    OK. I'll tell the vendor of the software I'm beta testing that I piss off their program ... repeatedly, but just for several minutes at a time. That should really help them debug it.
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       1 Week Ago #6

    I was looking for something the other day and came across this.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...m-the-keyboard

    It would seem to me that they would give you a tool to create a dump but this might be an alternate way of providing developers real information.

    Force a BSOD and package it up for them.
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       1 Week Ago #7

    I'll look into that. Maybe they will want the dump. They didn't seem interested in Process Monitor traces I took.
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