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    FrozenLord Guest

    Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    I've got a problem with my Vista Home Premium x64 and haven't found a
    solution so far.
    My PC started recently to minimize some games to the tray when I start
    them.
    Those games are:
    - Sacred Gold
    - Ghost Recon (inlcuding both addons)
    - Tom Clancy's HAWX Demo
    - Braid Demo

    I can't figure out what's causing this...
    The problem only started to occur recently - I don't know why. I
    uninstalled everything I had installed recently, but to no avail.

    My Specs are:
    Windows Vista Home Premium x64 (all updates installed)
    Core 2 Duo T7200
    4 GB Ram
    Comodo Firewall (latest version - deactivating/closing doesn't help)
    avast Anti Virus (latest version - deactivating/closing doesn't help)

    Any tips and / or clues would be much appreciated :-)
    FrozenLord

  2. #2
    Adam Casada Guest

    Re: Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    One idea I have - you might check the properties of the shortcut you're
    using to run the games. If, in the "Shortcut" tab, the "run" option is set
    to "minimized", change it to "normal window".

  3. #3
    FrozenLord Guest

    Re: Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    Thanks for the tip but unfortunatelly, this isn't the case.

    I'm still clueless about why this problem occurs :-(.

    Some sites report, that Comodo is causing this or the Skype 4 Beta -
    which I have both installed. But deactivating (or exiting) both - which
    is recommended on those sites to solve those problems in 100% of the
    cases - didn't do anything for me.

  4. #4
    Adam Casada Guest
    Is there another program starting up at the same time that is demanding to
    be switched to, therefore causing any other windows (i.e. your games) to
    minimize?

    I had the same problem on vista 32 with some games - the problem was coming
    from the mouse which i changed recently...

  5. #5
    FrozenLord Guest

    Re: Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    Unfortunatelly, it's neither the mouse (a Logitech RX1000) nor a
    different app.
    The PC idles when I start up the game and I don't see any app when the
    game minimizes that would need my attention.
    I've got a Logitech V470, too. So I tried using that mouse and it
    didn't help :-(

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    Join Date
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    Re: Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    I am having the same problem with my vista (ultimate 32 bit), and I also couldn't find a solution.

    I have noticed that when I start some games, windows gives me a popoup that says that it had to change my visual theme to basic, not that it actually solves the problem... I have set my visual theme to windows basic my self to see if it helps and it doesn't.

    I have read on some other forums that some people has started getting the problem after installing updates.

  7. #7
    FrozenLord Guest
    I've reinstalled my machine and am using Vista x86 now.
    Windows is 100% up to date and the problem hasn't happened again yet.
    Vista changes the theme to Basic as soon as you start a fullscreen
    game. As far as I know that's Vista's normal behaviour.

    if anyone wants a quick solution
    open the "failed full screen thing'
    win+tab to it and right click it
    it seems to work on mine
    i have the same problem

    oh but you need to assign a win+tab key to another key
    like mine is set to left scroll
    then you can scroll through and right click

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    thomasbill Guest
    I _-WAS-_ experiencing this same issue. When I ran games or full screen
    applications that would become minimized. Eventually, after some
    investigation I found that it was indeed skype causing this issue...

    However, _*this_can_be_resolved:_

    *_The solution is simple, and will work for all versions of vista... In
    SKYPE, go to TOOLS>OPTIONS>GENERAL - and change the 'Visual style of the
    window' option to 'classic windows'. This should resolve your issue,
    worked for me.

    As an extra measure, I also ensured that I set the windows application
    setting to run the program minamized. To do this, simply RIGHTCLICK THE
    SKYPE ICON ON YOUR DESKTOP OR START MENU > and choose PROPERTIES > and
    then from the RUN drop down menu, choose: minamized.

    I also had this problem, I just disabled Windows sidepanel and the
    problem was solved...

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    Re: Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    [QUOTE=FrozenLord;4366962]I've got a problem with my Vista Home Premium x64 and haven't found a
    solution so far.
    My PC started recently to minimize some games to the tray when I start
    them.
    Those games are:
    - Sacred Gold
    - Ghost Recon (inlcuding both addons)
    - Tom Clancy's HAWX Demo
    - Braid Demo

    I can't figure out what's causing this...
    The problem only started to occur recently - I don't know why. I
    uninstalled everything I had installed recently, but to no avail.

    My Specs are:
    Windows Vista Home Premium x64 (all updates installed)
    Core 2 Duo T7200
    4 GB Ram
    Comodo Firewall (latest version - deactivating/closing doesn't help)
    avast Anti Virus (latest version - deactivating/closing doesn't help)

    Any tips and / or clues would be much appreciated :-)
    FrozenLord[/QUOTE

    Hi There
    I have had this problem for months and this morning I have at last hopefully solved it.
    I have not been able to play any games, because as soon and i try to open them they minimize and as much as I click to open them fully, the go straight back in the tray!!!
    This morning I turned of my SKYPE.
    So far, so good. Every game opens straight away, first time.
    I hope your problem turns out to be as simple as mine in the end.
    And why didn't I think of this before!!!!!
    By the way, My computer is Vista

  10. #10
    Gunslinger Guest

    Re: Fullscreen games minimize to tray automatically

    So I was having the same problem as everyone else. I was playing the sc2
    beta and I like to turn off game the game's soundtrack and listen to
    iTunes and turns out I was scrobbling to last.fm and that little addon
    that was minimized to the lower right hand side of my taskbar was
    causing the issue.

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