In older versions of Windows there was nothing you could do about a Locked Up Application execpt kill the process. This has changed in windows 7. A feature in windows 7 can explain the problem and may get the application working again.
When a program locks up, click Start, type RESMON and click the RESMON.EXE link to launch the Resource Monitor.
Click the CPU pain and find your stuck/frozen program.
(It should be highlighted in red), right-click it and select Analyze Wait Chain.
If you see at least two processes in the list, then the lowest, at the end of the tree, is the one holding up your program. If it's not a vital Windows component, or anything else critical, then save any work in other open applications, check the box next to this process, click End Process, and your locked-up program will often spring back to life.
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