not responding

Sometimes audacity will read “not responding” and remain so for so long that I need to close the program and shut down computer to continue, losing unsaved work. This is happening now, and i wonder whether it may eventually normalize and i won’t need to shut down. is there anything to do but wait?

Can you identify what triggers this problem? For example, does it only occur when applying a particular effect?
Which version of Windows?
Which version of Audacity? (look in “Help > About Audacity”)

No, it just happens, as far as I can tell.

I am having the same problem as “Orlean” mentioned. I want to completley un-install and re-install the program in an attempt to clear up the problem. Will I loose my saved projects?