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Adding this for anyone who runs into this problem.

I use SSH mode for emacs (ssh-el) on Windows and it just hangs there without connecting sometimes, usually after a crash.

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  • It's probably not relevant to the issue described here, but if you'd rather run your ssh sessions inside ansi-term you might find the my-ssh command at emacs.stackexchange.com/a/18678 useful as an alternative to ssh-el.
    – phils
    Jun 16, 2016 at 4:10

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Open task manager and quit all ssh.exe processes you see.

When emacs crashes on Windows and it's using ssh-el the ssh process keeps running and blocks emacs from connecting. Rebooting would probably also work.

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