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Windows 7: Active window changes to inactive on its own

15 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Active window changes to inactive on its own

Hello,

I've started to experience a problem with my 9 month old laptop. It happened once a few months ago, then a couple weeks ago, now twice in one week so am under the impression it is only going to get worse.

I have searched a number of forums/threads and some people have similar issues, but not exactly the same. Doesn't seem there were any real resolutions, only people suggesting generic fixes like, 'Did you reboot?'

The problem pops up sporatically. It can happen 20 times in one minute, then disappear for 10 minutes. When I am in an active window, and this can be anything from Word, Outlook, Firefox, Skype, MSN Messenger, or Google Talk, I can be typing away or scrolling down the page in Firefox when all of a sudden the active window becomes inactive. That means that I can no longer type or scroll. Each time this happens I have to re-click on the window. Sometimes it reverts back the next second, sometimes 20 seconds...sometimes minutes. It is very annoying and inconvenient.

I have: rebooted several times, tried changing the background profiles, and created another user account. In that other use account, the issue doesn't occur (yet anyway). That would leave me to believe I may have something wrong with my profile based on other forum topics. If the resolution is to create a new profile, that is a large pain because it takes a long time to get everything the way you want it, all the software you need, and tweaked to your liking. If I have to do this every few months or more, then Windows 7 has some issues.

Anyone have any suggestions or experience something similar?

Thanks.

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17 Jul 2011   #2

win 7 professional x64
 
 

Hi, at least I know I am not alone !!! This is exactly what's happening to me in my 2 week old Dell notebook. I have also tried everything and cannot solve the problem. Help would be appreciated.
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17 Jul 2011   #3

win 7 professional x64
 
 

By the way, I have also tried using another account but the problem appeared in the new account very quickly. This did not work for me.
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17 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome thechamp31 and elito to Seven Forums.

Would you both please Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums of you startup programs? Type msconfig in the search from the start orb, open the startup tab.
Some programs running in the backgroiund can steal focus.
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17 Jul 2011   #5

win 7 professional x64
 
 

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Hi Britton30, I am attaching the requested screenshots. Thanks for your help.


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17 Jul 2011   #6

win 7 professional x64
 
 

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I am enclosing a new version of the same screenshots, because the column's width was very narrow. This ones will give a better reading. Thanks


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17 Jul 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks. Two things I know don't NEED to run at start are nVIDIA Hotkeys and Windows Live! Messenger, that can be opened without starting with the PC.
Try disabling the first half, reboot, and check for the problem, Leave your Security and AV runing. If you still have the proble, reenable the first half, disable the next half, reboot an check again. If these methods correct the probel, you can next disable half of the half where the problem occurs, and follow this method narrowing it down to one. A reboot will be required after each change.
Before starting System Restore Point - Create using Option two in case something goes wrong.
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24 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Apologies...I've been travelling and didn't notice there had been some action on this thread. Many thanks for your help. In the past week, it hasn't happened until just recently (which is what jogged my memory to check the forum).

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25 Jul 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

thechamp31
Would you please Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
I can't use the docx file.
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25 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Here you go..thanks.


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