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How can I intentionally force a program to stop responding

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    How can I intentionally force a program to stop responding


    Hallo, I have been trying to find a way to force a process to become "Not Responding" for troubleshooting purposes, but I have not been able to find one. I have also been unable to find anyone on the internet who is trying to do the same thing as I am. Basically, does anybody know of a way I can intentionally stop a process from responding? Thanks in advance!

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    Sorry, maybe I wasn't clear enough; I need to know if there is a way to force the program to lock up in such a way that it doesn't close immediately, but freezes and displays the red "Not Responding" next to it in the Task Manager.
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    I don't know.
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    Windows considers a process as "not responding" when it hasn't processed messages for more than 5 seconds. As a general rule applications should never do this. I don't believe there is any general way to force this. Any method would be process specific.

    Edit: I suspended notepad with Process Explorer but Task Manager did not report it as not responding. Apparently suspended processes don't qualify.
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