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Windows 7: Fullscreen Programs keep minimizing.

17 Aug 2013   #1
ProPancakes

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Fullscreen Programs keep minimizing.

I've been having this problem for months now and have no idea how to fix this.
As the title says my full screen applications keep minimizing when playing games or watching movies. Windowed applications also seem to lose focus almost as though I clicked on the task bar. I've been writing this for a minute and the focus has been lost 4 times already causing me to have to click on the window to get it back into focus.
So if there is anyway I can fix this I'd be grateful


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17 Aug 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Windows Seven does not support full screen mode. As example, open a command prompt window. Hit Alt-Enter. It does not switch to full screen mode. It probably has something to do with the system composition/glass/alpha channel etc..

I would ask around on forums for the games you use what people do to work around it. Maybe run the game on an XP machine etc.. I'm not a gamer so I'm not sure if XPMode makes any difference in this case.
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17 Aug 2013   #3
ProPancakes

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Windows Seven does not support full screen mode. As example, open a command prompt window. Hit Alt-Enter. It does not switch to full screen mode. It probably has something to do with the system composition/glass/alpha channel etc..

I would ask around on forums for the games you use what people do to work around it. Maybe run the game on an XP machine etc.. I'm not a gamer so I'm not sure if XPMode makes any difference in this case.
So what you're saying is it's one of Windows 7's "Pro Features" also it happens on all games.
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17 Aug 2013   #4
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Something is defiantly wrong here....of course windows 7 can full screen programs.

Do you have an app that maybe is running by the clock that could be grabbing the attention away?

Try this:

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

If the problem no longer occurs, its an app causing it.
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17 Aug 2013   #5
ProPancakes

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is this what you mean?
Also I've tried a clean startup before and it hasn't worked from what I remember
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17 Aug 2013   #6
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

When did this start happening? You said a couple months ago, but do you remember doing anything different? Any new programs? Etc.

Also please fill out your system information.

What graphics card do you have? Have you checked for an updated driver?
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17 Aug 2013   #7
ProPancakes

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
When did this start happening? You said a couple months ago, but do you remember doing anything different? Any new programs? Etc.

Also please fill out your system information.

What graphics card do you have? Have you checked for an updated driver?
As I said it just suddenly started happening around 3 months ago. I did a system restore when I found out it was happening to the most the recent restore point. It did nothing. I don't remember installing any new programs.

My graphics card is (1) NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M (2) Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 and I have not checked for an updated driver.
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17 Aug 2013   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

It also depends on your definition of Full screen,
There are a few way to go into full screen,
If you ever use the Square box on the top right of open windows/ Don't.
Enlarge the screen by dragging the window to the top/ left of your screen,
Then diagonally drag the bottom/ right to fill the screen.
Then use the F11 key to activate full screen (if necessary)
Some people also go into the Properties of the program/ Shortcut section/ Run: Maximized which is not a good way either this should always be set on Normal window.
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17 Aug 2013   #9
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hmmm, if W7 can full screen programs then I don't understand why Alt Enter no longer makes a full screen command prompt, silver light doesn't play Netflix streams full screen, and tennis matches when switched to "full screen mode" are windowed(along with HD players like Splash.). All of the above go to full screen in Vista. Not on my (former) W7 machine.
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17 Aug 2013   #10
ProPancakes

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
It also depends on your definition of Full screen,
There are a few way to go into full screen,
If you ever use the Square box on the top right of open windows/ Don't.
Enlarge the screen by dragging the window to the top/ left of your screen,
Then diagonally drag the bottom/ right to fill the screen.
Then use the F11 key to activate full screen (if necessary)
Some people also go into the Properties of the program/ Shortcut section/ Run: Maximized which is not a good way either this should always be set on Normal window.
Full screen as in no Taskbar or Borders and having to press the Windows key or alt tab to minimize it.
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