I'm running Windows 7 (32-bit) as a development workstation. Either software I've installed today (SQL Server 2008) or new software I'm working on and testing with NUnit is causing the Windows 7 shell to lockup. Windows Explorer windows will show the "(Not Responding)" message in the title bar. Occasionally some windows will remain slightly responsive (like a remote desktop session to corporate office systems).
I'm not able to right-click on the task bar or CTL-ALT-DEL to bring up Task Manager. There's no evidence in the event logs to suggest what is actually happening. At present the only solution to deal with the event is to power cycle the system. I'd prefer not to do that.
Is there anyway to bring up Task Manager in Windows 7 when the the task bar and CTL-ALT-DEL are not responding? If so, how?
Update: Using Mathieu's suggestion, I brought up SysInternals' ProcessExplorer before running the tests. When the tests completed and I tried to close NUnit I saw that the window closed. The NUnit process stayed running. Other windows, like Windows Explorer, were once again frozen. Trying to kill the NUnit process with ProcessExplorer caused ProcessExplorer to hang. So, clearly, it is some of the code that is under test that is causing NUnit to not exit cleanly.
Now if I could just get the system back to a functioning state without having to power cycle ...