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Windows 7: window focus issues (windows 7 pro x64)

20 Jan 2010   #11
mirandalee

Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
I found a solution that worked for me

The solution here worked for me:

Fix the automatic window focus changing problem in windows

In case that link fails one day I'll post the instructions here.

First, ALWAYS backup your registry before you make changes.

1. Open Start >> Run and type regedit


2. Navigate to the following path:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
3. Modify the existing value named ‘ForegroundLockTimeout’, modify the value to 0. (this value will cause the application to take the focus instantly.)
4. Exit everything and restart Windows and hopefully it fixes your focus problem like it did for me.


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20 Jan 2010   #12
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mirandalee View Post
The solution here worked for me:

Fix the automatic window focus changing problem in windows

In case that link fails one day I'll post the instructions here.

First, ALWAYS backup your registry before you make changes.

1. Open Start >> Run and type regedit



2. Navigate to the following path:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
3. Modify the existing value named ‘ForegroundLockTimeout’, modify the value to 0. (this value will cause the application to take the focus instantly.)
4. Exit everything and restart Windows and hopefully it fixes your focus problem like it did for me.
Hi mirandalee, Welcome to SF,

Its a good solution but it only worked on Vista. 3 attempts in Windows 7 in three different computer failed to fix by this problem. But we really appreciate posting here.
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21 Jan 2010   #13
mirandalee

Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Oh It worked for me on Windows 7 Pro x64.... on all 6 our new laptops.
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02 Mar 2010   #14
PaulTNI

Windows XP
 
 

I concur with mirandalee. This fix worked perfectly on our new Windows 7 Professional 64-bit laptop. Thanks to her for posting the solution to this annoying problem!
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02 Mar 2010   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I just went to that key in W7 x64, and it was already set to 0, so there is no way to change anything.

In these 7 computers in which it did work, they were laptops, which I suspect were preloaded with OEM versions of 7. That may be the reason for the difference.
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02 Sep 2010   #16
Dinesh Patil

Windows 7 Enterprise both 64 and 32 bit.
 
 

I am also facing similar issue on windows 7 Enterprise of both edition 64 and 32 bit. we open MS word programaticaly it opens in background only on windows7 and Vista OS for other OS like win XP it is working fine.
Please anybody can suggest solution for the same.
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08 Mar 2011   #17
Kieg

Windows 7 all versions
 
 
New Windows do not get focus

Hello, this is a serious problem with Windows 7 and while it is annoying for a home user, in business it causes significant lost productivity. All that has been posted previously is correct, for me it is especially obvious when a dialog box opens and is hidden (or partially hidden) by existing applications. If the program that opened the dialog is what hides the dialog then you have a real problem because you cannot minimise the program as the dialog has the program locked. You cannot get to the dialog as they typically do not appear in task manager or as an ALT-TAB target.
There is one other issue that I have found that I think relates to the above situation. Sometimes when you open a dialog the system seems to hang, but if you press CTL-ALT-DEL then it seems to force the dialog to display.
While I do not have an answer yet (I have installed SP1 and the problem is still there) we are working with MS to see if they can find a solution. So far it has been a long process with no result.
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08 Mar 2011   #18
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

I see this problem with Windows 7 Professional x64 with one specific application, but all the rest are fine.
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08 Mar 2011   #19
Kieg

Windows 7 all versions
 
 
New Windows do not get focus

I have been using Windows 7 since the beta. I did not notice this behaviour in the beta, but we only used it quickly. On some PC's it does not give us this problem, on others it gives just a few problems and on some the CTL-ALT-DEL issue happens with just about anything. It is insidious in that there might not be any problems, and then you load a new program and bingo the problem is there.
It is very strange behaviour as it indicates there are wildly different configurations. A system built directly from install media will exhibit the problem, but then another machine built from the same install media will not have the problem, so we are thinking some software is causing the problem (possibly the order in which software has been installed).
I have also seen this on my home PC's, so at this stage, Win7Home Premium, Win7 Pro, Win7 Pro x64, Win 7 Ent have all exhibited this behaviour to different degrees for me.
I will check out the registry hack, and if MS gets us a solution then I will certainly post back here.
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08 Mar 2011   #20
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

So, what was the default value....mine is set VERY HIGH (screenshot)...on a clean install from March 2nd, 2011.

PS:
I have some minor probs focusing but not as far as described here!


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