Windows lost my windows!
November 11, 2006 10:16 PM Subscribe
WinXP: Full screen, windowed, minimized: two out of three ain't bad, I suppose.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some applications in WinXP remember their window locations (likely in the registry) from invocation to invocation. Somehow or other, a couple of my apps have gotten screwed up so that whatever is stored for the windowed location, it's not on my screen. I can run those programs full-screen, and I can minimize them to the task bar. From both of those states it's possible for me to tell it to go to windowed mode, but nothing appears on screen if I do so.
However, Windows clearly does think that the mode has changed. The right-click menu for the icon on the task bar changes so that the "move" and "resize" choices are enabled, which is not the case for the full-screen or minimized modes. However, nothing I've tried (including messing with the "move" and "resize" choices) actually makes the window for the app appear.
This has happened for "Spider Solitaire" and for "Flash 8 Basic". Any idea what the hell I did to create this weird mode for those apps, and even more importantly, any ideas on how to undo it and get the windows back? (I'm willing to hack the registry if that's what it takes, as long as I have very specific instructions on what to look for and what to change.)