Photoshop Elements 9 not responding

I am using Photoshop Elements 9, but I am beginning to get the error message that it is not responding.  What could be the problem and how to fix it?

It could be any number of things -- but you haven't given us enough information to be able to help you.
Are you running the 64-bit version of Windows 7? You may want to check out the 64-bit version of Windows 10. It runs like the wind on that OS!
New computers are usually full of outdated drivers, temp files and fragmentation.
Have you manually gone to Windows Update and downloaded all of the latest updates? Do you have the latest version of Quicktime, per the program's requirements?
When did you last clean and defragment your system? In my books, I recommend Advanced System Care from iobit. It cleans your temp files, tunes your registry and defragments with a single button. And it's free!
http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html
When does it lock up? When you first starting the program or when you're in the midst of editing? What is the source of the video you're editing when it locks?

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