ID is fairly slow to completely shut down compared to many other apps.
If the process is tilll in task manager, it's still running. I'd wait a minute or two to se if it stops on its own. If not, just killing the process should be enough without restarting windows, and if you are going to restart, there shold be no need to kill the process first.
But if you are having a real problem, not just a delay, I would look for conflicts with some other program. Do you have a font manager, for example?
Peter, thanks for your answer. The thing is that the problem started to appear around the time the windiws updates were installed. In the many years I've been working with ID, I've never experienced this before. I didn't install new soft on my pc in the last 6 months or so and ID worked perfectly well until... Although I doubt there is a causal relationship with the update. I just assume, because while trying to find out what happens I stumbled on these updates.
Strange enough: when the process "indesign" is stopped manually, it will not open even not after more than an hour, nor when i restart the pc. The only thing that seems to work is a full shut down and a cold restart.
When you kill the process, do you just click it and "end process," or do you right clikck and "end process tree" which should kill all the related stuff that may also be running and keeping it from restarting.
I still think this is a conflict, though. Might be a problem with Vista, but my guess would be some third-party app or plugin.
When closing the process, I first check all users processes and then right
click "end processes". To no avail however.
I'm still on XP, so haven't had much occasion to use task manager to end a process in Vista, but I would definitely use "end process tree" if it is available.