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    Change the Timeout for Hanged Applications

    Posted on by Daniel Petri in Windows Client OS

    How can I change the timeout for hanged applications in Windows XP?

    When an application hangs and no longer responds, Windows XP displays a dialog box that prompts you to kill the application or wait a while longer.

    By default, the dialog box appears after the application hasn’t responded for a half of a second. You can tweak XP to increase or decrease the amount of time it takes before XP reports that the program has hung.

    To do so do the following:

    1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

    2. Locate the following key in the registry:

    1. Make sure you backup the keys by exporting them to a .reg file.

    2. On the HungAppTimeout value, change the setting from 5000 (the default) to any time you want (in milliseconds – decimal).

    3. Close the registry editor.

    4. Restart your computer.


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