Most of the time when using your computer, you expect to be able to click on programs and have them open up so you can use them. There are times when programs might take a little longer than normal to load, such as when your computer is under heavy load from having many programs open at once or from having a few intensive programs taking up most of the processing power, but in general, programs will open when you click them, and will typically do so within a few seconds of when you click them. However, there are times when some of your programs might not open up no matter how much time you spend waiting for them or how many times you click on them. This article will discuss what this might mean for particular programs, as well as how you can tell if the program’s not opening is due to an error, to a missing item, or due to a corruption of the program.
When you click on a program, you send a message to the program to activate itself and begin running. When the program does not open up, it’s because something is either wrong with the program itself or with the resources the program needs to open.
Here is an example of a computer program not running due to a resource issue: if you have a computer with 2 gb of memory and are currently using 1.95 gb of memory, this means your computer has about 50 mb of memory left for everything. If you try to open a new program without closing any old ones, the program might not open simply because there is not enough free memory left for the program to consume. This is a resource problem, and you will typically receive an error message from your system indicating your system is low on memory and recommending you close existing programs before opening new ones. Closing those programs can free up system memory and allow you to use your new program.
Here is an example of a computer program not running due to an error with the program itself: sometimes a program might stop working while it is open due to a programming bug or due to a conflict with another program that is already running. In such a case, you might tell the program to close, and it might appear to be closed. However, when you try to reopen the program, it might not open simply because it never truly closed to begin with. In such cases, you will often need to force close the program through the Task Manager (which you can access through Control + Shift + Escape).
Another example of why a program might not open is because a helper program your main program depends on has been uninstalled or is not present for some reason. In such a case, you might receive a message about your main program needing the helper program, but you might not. You might have to reinstall the helper program, the main program, or both to have success.