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Windows 7: Programs minimize by them selfs.

12 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Programs minimize by them selfs.

Hi all, great forum and lots of good info here.
I tried to search for my problem, but couldn't find anything relevant.

Now to my problem and what I have done so far, to try and solve it, with no success.

Every 30min on the second (yes, I used a stop watch) what ever window is viewed gets deselected. e.g. if I play a game (any game) it is minimized to the taskbar, I can click on it and it maximizes and plays like nothing ever happened until 30 min later. If I watch a movie on youtube in full screen, it changes to a normal window.
If I don't do anything with no window open, the screen flickers for a split second.

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit (upgrate version) on a drive that used to have WinXP 64 bit (which worked fine) on it. I formated and did a new install. I have another drive with Vista 64 and this problem never happened and when I boot Vista, the problem doesn't happen.

So, I guess I can eliminate failing hardware.

I ran spyware and antivirus programs and nothing was found.
I watched task manager for hours, which ever program/window was the top/selected one, spiked to the top for a split second. I closed everything I possibly could, but it didn't change a thing.
I opened the startup manager and deselected almost everything, still no changes.
I also viewed the event log, trying to find something that happens every 30 min, but couldn't find anything.
I know, I could just reinstall Windows 7, since I still use my Vista, but I rather find out why Windows 7 is doing this and learn something in the process.

Thank you for any help you can give.


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12 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Welcome to the Forums, data
Check if you have any scheduled task (right click My Computer, Manage, Task Scheduler) and see if there is somethinkg that could be causing it
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12 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Are you by any chance activating Aero Shake?

Click on a Windows Border (Title Bar) and shake the window...they all minimize
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13 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Welcome to the Forums, data
Check if you have any scheduled task (right click My Computer, Manage, Task Scheduler) and see if there is somethinkg that could be causing it
I turned off all tasks (defrag, backup, virus etc) and back on, no difference.
There is nothing I can see in task scheduler.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Are you by any chance activating Aero Shake?

Click on a Windows Border (Title Bar) and shake the window...they all minimize
I'm not touching anything, when it gets close to the 30 min, I just sit back and watch and see it happen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86
 
 

If it really happens exactly to the second as you say, it almost has to be some kind of malware.

Scan with Malwarebytes on full system mode and see if it picks up on anything. Update the definitions first.
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13 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I had the same problem, I could not open any window/program without windows minimizing it and bringing me to my destop, that once every 30 min for you, was once every 5 sec for me, like it was in an infinite loop of (show destop). I tryed to repair my windows install but it said it was fine, end result was a reformat as system restore failed. This was about a week after a fresh install of a Legit Windows 7
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14 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Right now it's not happening.
The last few things I did:
Turned off automatic backups (once per month)
Turned off disk defrag (once per month)
Turned off virus check (once per week)
Also changed the time when the monitor goes to sleep (from 45 min to 25 min)

after realizing that it is not doing it anymore, I switched all the changes above back, one by one, but it still is all fine.

I rebooted this morning and so far it still is all fine, so I have no clue what would have fixed it.
I will report back in a week or earlier if it happens again.
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14 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I would personally suspect something to do with the power saving - the system is quite complex on Windows 7 with several entries seeming to control the same thing.

Sometimes changing one item will stop the minor conflict causing the issue, even though the actual time setting may not seem related - it's seems that there is some type of harmonic set up by the different options that causes a sleight glitch that can cause windows to flash or close
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16 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Would have been nice, but it's back doing it's thing.
After booting this morning, exactly 30 min later it deselected the browser window.
I started to do do all the following, what seemed to fix it the first time.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Data View Post
Right now it's not happening.
The last few things I did:
Turned off automatic backups (once per month)
Turned off disk defrag (once per month)
Turned off virus check (once per week)
Also changed the time when the monitor goes to sleep (from 45 min to 25 min)
It's pain staking, every time I make a change, I have to wait 30 min to see if it fixed it.
So far, after changing settings in each of those above individually and then all together, it has not fixed the problem.
I'm back to square one.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Data, have you followed torrentg's suggestion and scanned it with Malwarebytes?
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