I am having a new issue with a common program (VLC 1.1.5) on XP Home (Dell Inspiron 1501). When I try to close the program, the window closes but the process remains in the Task Manager listing and can not be stopped by the Task Manager or by Process Explorer. I then can not Shut Down normally, as the Shut Down process hangs as well when it can not stop VLC, and so I am forced to hold the power button until it forcibly powers off the computer. If I open another file, another instance of VLC starts (which should not happen because in the program preferences I have it set to only open one instance), so clearly VLC does not "see" this other instance of itself running. I have searched this issue and found many references to similar problems over the last 5 years with VLC and other 3rd party software, but not a single solution has ever been posted on any of the pages of search returns I have read. Does anyone here have either a VLC solution or a Windows solution? It seems from what I have read that the Task Manager and Shut Down functions can not shut down hanging software from 3rd parties any more, and instead ask them to shut down when they are ready, giving them literally infinite time to complete their processing, which with a hanging program will obviously never occur, resulting in this issue. I have read about other programs with violent names like "Kill" this and "Kill" that, but all advice in other forums to use those programs is followed by later posts saying those programs didn't work on the hanging 3rd party processes either. I also tried using Ctrl-Q to close VLC rather than they "x" button or the Exit option in the program controls, and that did not work. Any ideas TechSpot?