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In Windows, it take a while to press Ctrl + Alt + Del, then select an application which has stopped responding end select "End task". There is a much easier way to do this, with a simple shortcut which will terminate any non responsive application.

To create a shortcut to kill stop responding applications, right click on your desktop and select "Create a new shortcut".

Point the shortcut to this:

taskkill.exe /f /fi "status eq not responding"

Whenever an application stops responding, double click this icon and the applications which have stopped responding will be terminated.

Note: this does not work on Windows XP Home edition because TaskKill.exe is not installed in this Windows version.