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#1
Hi,

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. As soon as I try to maximize them, they hang or minimize again.
Those games are:
- Sacred Gold
- Ghost Recon (inlcuding both addons)
- Tom Clancy's HAWX Demo
- Braid Demo
- The Maw
- Crysis
- Assassin's Creed
- Warcraft 3 (including The Frozen Throne)

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
GeForce 7900 GTX (I tried Forceware 185.68 and 179.67)
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
 
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Adam Casada

#2
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".

- Adam

"FrozenLord" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hi,
>
> 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
>
>
> --
> FrozenLord
 

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#3
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.
 

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Adam Casada

#4
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?

"FrozenLord" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> 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.
>
>
> --
> FrozenLord
 

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x-commando

#5
I had the same problem on vista 32 with some games - the problem was coming
from the mouse which i changed recently...

"Adam Casada" <abcasada@xxxxxx> a écrit dans le message de
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> 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?
>
> "FrozenLord" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
> news:cc21d1de313cf3b7951f33bd33506f07@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>> --
>> FrozenLord
>
 

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#6
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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nick66

#7
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.


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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.
 

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#11
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.
 

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

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housewife

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FrozenLord;4366962 Wrote:

> 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

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Hey,
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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