This is a incredibly handy little tip that I found over at APC Magazine.
When you’ve been working on your computer for a day or two and it’s starting to slow down and is struggling to open the start menu then it’s probably time to reset. Resetting clears the RAM and gets the system running fresh again.
The Anonymous writer of Shipping Seven also had this suggestion:
Windows occasionally gets into a weird state where, well, things just stop working - the start menu doesn't launch some apps anymore, clicking links in Internet Explorer doesn't work, context menus stop working, etc.*
Instead of rebooting Windows to get things working again, try logging out and logging back in. When Windows (and the apps that plug into the Windows shell) get into some weird state, you don't need to reboot; a logoff shuts down the Windows Explorer, and a logon loads it again.
This used to happen to me every now and again, but since SP1 It hasn’t happened once.
Alternatively there is a much easier way to get your computer running smoothly again and remove all the idle processed.
There is another alternative that you may want to try out when Windows starts acting strange all of a sudden. Instead of logging off and on again, restarting Windows or running the command listed above, you could simply try killing the explorer process in the Windows Task Manager.
Simply use Ctrl-Shift-Esc to load the Task Manager. There you need to locate the explorer.exe (Windows Explorer) process, right-click on it using your mouse and select restart if the option is provided.
Restart may not be an option on older versions of Windows. Select "End task" instead in this case, and then File > Run new Task. Type explorer.exe and hit enter on the screen to launch a new Explorer instance this way.
Hope you find this useful.
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