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<Ctrl>-<Alt>-<Del> | Windows98 |


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General Information

Pressing and holding the keyboard keys "Ctrl" "Alt" and "Delete" has a special meaning in windows 98. It is a key sequence which should pop-up a window showing you the active programs which are running at that time, along with buttons on the bottom of the window which allow you to end a program which does not respond, or to shut down the computer.

This process is sometimes called the "3 finger salute".

The 3 major uses are...

  1. Reboot a computer which is not responding
    When your computer has locked up and is not responding, you can press the Ctrl-Alt-Del keys in the hope that the "Close Program" window will open, and allow you to Shut Down the computer by pressing the "Shut Down" key.
  2. Close a program which is not responding
    When your computer has locked up and is not responding, you can press the Ctrl-Alt-Del keys in the hope that the "Close Program" window will open, and allow you to End a program that is not responding or Shut Down the computer.
    • A special troubleshooting technique for computers that have a lot of problems is to perform the Ctrl-Alt-Del function, and when the window opens showing the active programs, to click on a program, and then press the "End Task" button effectively closing the program. This process can be repeated until all programs except the "Systray" and "Explorer" have been closed. 
  3. Look at a listing of the active programs
    This gives you an idea of which and how many programs are active.

 

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