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Windows 7: Cannot go back to desktop when playing a game

14 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot go back to desktop when playing a game

Hi everybody,

I upgraded recently my pc from Windows XP to Windows 7 x64 and I am facing an annoying issue.

When playing games in full screen mode, I was able in XP to switch back to the desktop (to look for infos on the net for example) by simply pressing ctrl+alt+del. The task manager was opened and I was able to access every application I wanted while the game was running in the background. I could then switch back to the game when I was ready to do it.

When I press ctrl+alt+del in Windows 7, it first opens a windows with options such as shutting down the pc, starting the task manager, ....When I choose in the task manager to bring the desktop to the front, the only thing I get is a black screen with the taskbar visible at the bottom. And when I try to start a program from the taskbar, the screen remains black and the chosen application is not brought to the front. Also, when I move the pointer of my mouse to the center of the black screen, it automatically switches back to the game.

I would like to do in Windows 7 what I was doing in XP, any help appreciated. Thanks.

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14 Jul 2011   #2

Win7 x64

"ALT-TAB" works for me..
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14 Jul 2011   #3

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)


this will bring up the login page with options as in the snapshot.

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14 Jul 2011   #4

Seven ultimate 32bit

Even just hitting the WinKey should minimize the open application or bring your start menu to the front.....
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14 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

oooooohhhhhh....I learned something today, thx DiDaDo
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15 Jul 2011   #6

Win7 x64

i had the same problem with the WinKey..

As SmurofNeves mentioned normally WinKey should be enough..
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15 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7

Press Alt + Enter, do what you have to do, and press it again
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