Automatically Close “Not Responding” Programs in Windows X

by on April 24, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows




There have been a number of times when a program or software must have crashed and it gave you the Not Responding error message. Well, to get rid of that completely, you can automatically force exit those programs which have crashed.

When an application fails to respond during shutdown a dialog box is displayed prompting the user to either end it now or to wait. Enabling the value AutoEndTasks will take care of the non-responding application without user intervention. This is often referred to as”Force Exit”.

Now, the tutorial.. :)

To Implement for All Users

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]

Registry Key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: AutoEndTasks

Modify/Create the Value Name [AutoEndTasks] according to the Value Data listed below.

Value Data: [0 = AutoEndTasks Disabled / 1 = AutoEndTasks Enabled]

Exit Registry and Reboot

To Implement for Individual Users

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]

Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: AutoEndTasks

Modify/Create the Value Name [AutoEndTasks] according to the Value Data listed below.

Value Data: [0 = AutoEndTasks Disabled / 1 = AutoEndTasks Enabled]

Exit Registry Editor and Reboot.

This works well in Windows XP, but I’m not sure about Vista.

If there is a better way, do let me know about it. :)

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