Using System Tools for Basic Maintenance

Learn how to use Windows XP system tools for basic maintenance in this free lesson.

Dealing with an unresponsive computer

While performing regular maintenance on your computer should keep it running smoothly, it still may occasionally freeze up or become unresponsive to the click of a mouse or keyboard.

  • If your computer freezes, try waiting it out. Sometimes it takes your computer a few seconds to complete a task.


  • Press the ESC on your keyboard.


  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your keyboard. The Windows Task Manager opens. Here, you can monitor applications, processes, performance, networking, and users. If you need to restart your computer, choose Shut DownRestart. If you need to turn off your computer, choose Shut DownTurn Off.
Windows Task Manager's Shut Down menu