Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a notepad.exe process running that is unresponsive. I would like to save the contents. Can I somehow dump the process' current state and copy my text content from it?

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted

A long answer is that in principle you could save the whole process (including the open file) to a file, and by use of forensic tools (and a detailed knowledge of how it represents data in memory) piece together what the program was doing. Only that is is probably much faster to just write the d*mn text again. I believe this will give you a taste of what is available.

share|improve this answer
Helpful. Thank you –  user193661 Feb 6 '13 at 8:40

The short answer is no. If the program is completely unresponsive, then you will have to kill the process.

If you think about it, if it were easy to recover data from an unresponsive program, operating systems would have such functionality built in.

share|improve this answer
I suspect the main reason operating systems don't have this functionality is that the application would immediately become unresponsive again once you restore its state. That doesn't necessarily mean the document is unsalvageable. –  Marcks Thomas Jan 29 '13 at 11:59
The short answer is yes, but it's hard to do. –  Jet May 2 at 20:57

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.