How to stop program from changing window state uncontrollably
January 15, 2013 9:49 AM Subscribe
On a Windows 7 system open windows will sometimes rapidly cycle through windowed, maximized, and full screen states. I've run out of ideas and am looking for suggestions that might fix it.
posted by aerotive to computers & internet (11 answers total)
This happens intermittently and happens with most programs that get used on that particular system--Firefox, Chrome, and VLC mainly. Regular explorer windows cycle slower. Utorrent is affected a different way, with the menu bar and left pane rapidly shifting back and forth.
Media Player Classic is unaffected.
So far I've tried:
--full virus and malware scan
--unplugged the keyboard and mouse (thought it might be a stuck key or button)
--video driver update
--restarted with all background programs off
--restarted with both system services and background programs off
None of those worked. Sometimes this will happen four or five times in a day, sometimes not for a day or two. Usually I can close the program, or get Task Manager open and kill the problem program, sometimes I just restart. That fixes it but just for awhile.
I think something has gone wrong at the core of Windows and my next step is to reinstall, but does anyone have an idea before I do that?