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Windows 7: Programs start Minimized, will *NOT* maximize.

14 Jan 2010   #1
toasty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Programs start Minimized, will *NOT* maximize.

This is very bizarre. I'm just coming off a new installation of W7x64. Most of my programs are installed and seem to run fine. However today, for no apparent reason, I've run into an odd problem. When I launch a few of my programs, they start up but only show up in the toolbar. If I right-click them I have the normal options (<program name>, Pin this program to taskbar, Close window). However none of those options work, they don't respond. If I right-click on the thumbnail view "restore" is grayed out, and "minimize" and "close" also do nothing. Left-clicking the icon also does not restore it.

Launching Task Manager allows me to End their process. Or if I maximize the application, all I get is their titlebar at the top of the screen From there I can exit the program as well... but the title bar is the *only* visible part of their window. The programs list as "running" from within Task Manager.

The two programs that I've noticed this with so far are MozBackup (a lightweight app for backing up settings in Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird) and when I wanted to view an application's properties window from within Comodo Firewall.

None of these problems occur on my XP boot.

Has anyone heard of this before or have any ideas?

Thanks in advance.


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14 Jan 2010   #2
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Create a shortcut of the program you want to the desktop.
Right click, then properties.
Under the 'Run' menu, select 'Maximized'.
Click OK, then drag and drop the edited shortcut onto the taskbar.
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14 Jan 2010   #3
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You might also try running them in compatibility mode. If they are XP programs, they may have problems with Win 7.
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15 Jan 2010   #4
toasty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
You might also try running them in compatibility mode. If they are XP programs, they may have problems with Win 7.
Unfortunately that didn't work and running "maximized" didn't do a thing either. Like I said, maximizing the program from task manager just restored the titlebar but didn't actually give me a functioning program. What's weird is that just a few days ago they programs worked perfectly.

Very confusing. I guess I'll just try rolling back to an earlier backup and take it from there. But it's not like I did anything weird to Windows. I've just been loading programs....
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17 Jan 2010   #5
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

There was once a situation where some programs would not open correctly, but I think is was all programs and not just specific ones. It seems the hard drive was going into a sleep state, or at least spinning down and took time for it to come back. Kind of a long shot but you might check your settings.
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17 Jan 2010   #6
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toasty View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
You might also try running them in compatibility mode. If they are XP programs, they may have problems with Win 7.
Unfortunately that didn't work and running "maximized" didn't do a thing either. Like I said, maximizing the program from task manager just restored the titlebar but didn't actually give me a functioning program. What's weird is that just a few days ago they programs worked perfectly.

Very confusing. I guess I'll just try rolling back to an earlier backup and take it from there. But it's not like I did anything weird to Windows. I've just been loading programs....
You tried my suggestion?
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24 Jan 2010   #7
toasty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lil' Domii View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toasty View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
You might also try running them in compatibility mode. If they are XP programs, they may have problems with Win 7.
Unfortunately that didn't work and running "maximized" didn't do a thing either. Like I said, maximizing the program from task manager just restored the titlebar but didn't actually give me a functioning program. What's weird is that just a few days ago they programs worked perfectly.

Very confusing. I guess I'll just try rolling back to an earlier backup and take it from there. But it's not like I did anything weird to Windows. I've just been loading programs....
You tried my suggestion?
I did and unfortunately it didn't work. I rolled back to a previous backup and the problem hasn't been seen since. Very strange.
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14 Nov 2010   #8
Ptolemy

vista 64
 
 

Toasty, since you already rolled back its too late for you to try this but for those looking for a solution to this "problem" check your video display settings! some customers don't know that your not supposed to use both the DVI and VGA cables (that often ship with brand new monitors) for video at the same time. that in and of it self will usually not cause a problem, the problem arises when the customer or family member or someone in the company goes into display settings and tells win7 to extend the desktop across 2 monitors now you have half the desktop going to one input and the other half going to the same monitors second input and if you toggle the input selector on the monitor you will see those windows that you believe are not maximizing to the desktop. in reality those windows are maximizing, there opening on the extended desktop. Win7 is so streamlined its very subtle. It's easy not to notice the desktop is extended in Win 7.
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26 Dec 2010   #9
JonJonPoPong

windows 7 premium home edition 64 bit
 
 

I have the same problem, mine is with the program comical. I even uninstalled and reinstalled the program and no luck, somethings in windows is saving a setting and keeping the program minimized.
I have tried running the program in windows xp compatibility mode
tried setting the program to start maximized
tried to see if my desktop is being shown on another display, though I'm on a lap top....
Its got nothing to do with sleep state as my lap top doesn't go to sleep.
The program worked fine for months. I cant roll back my windows either as it has been months since the problem started.
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26 Dec 2010   #10
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Have you tried Alt+Tab or Win key+Tab?
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