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September 17, 2012 1:15:46 PM

Hi all,

First thank you ahead of time for your help with this issue.

I just built my first computer last week. After I installed the Windows 7 and configured it and installed all the necessary drivers everything was working great. It was first the second or third boot that I started having problems.

The problems are diverse but I think they all come from the same issue.

What happens is that when I am working in a window whether it be my internet browser or a word document or any other window for that matter, all of a sudden Windows will "unselect" that window as if I had clicked in another one. The top bar will go totally transparent and m,y key strokes are no longer registered in that window.

The other thing that happens is that when I am watching a video in full screen mode. It will pop out of full screen mode all of a sudden. This happens with all video playback programs (VLC, WMP, Netflix, etc...)

Lastly when I play a game in full screen, i.e. Skyrim, It will suddenly minimize as if I hit alt tab. Pressing alt-tap a few times will bring it back.

I looked far and wide for threads on this issue but found nothing.


Any thoughts? Thank you very much for your help in resolving this issue.

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September 17, 2012 1:23:54 PM

sounds to me like it could be a keyboard issue. do you have a spare around you can try using for a few days?
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September 17, 2012 3:52:06 PM

mi1ez said:
sounds to me like it could be a keyboard issue. do you have a spare around you can try using for a few days?


Unfortunately I don't have a spare keyboard. But I just unplugged it and used the computer without the keyboard and the issue persisted.

Any other thoughts...
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September 17, 2012 4:21:33 PM

Make sure that there are not other programs that are competing for your attention. Sometimes an updater will pop up in the background and shift the application selection from what you are currently doing to that other program, but the new program does not come up front where you would expect it.

Otherwise I would agree with mi1ez, this is normally a keyboard issue.
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September 17, 2012 9:31:51 PM

I don't think the problem is with my keyboard. I don't have another keyboard but I used my computer for about an hour with the keyboard unplugged and the issue was still there.


I also don't think there is another application competing for my attention. I looked carefully at my task manager and processes and there doesn't seem to be an uploader or some other application shifting my application selection. Here is a screen shot of the processes when it happened:




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September 17, 2012 9:45:24 PM

eguzki said:
I don't think the problem is with my keyboard. I don't have another keyboard but I used my computer for about an hour with the keyboard unplugged and the issue was still there.


I also don't think there is another application competing for my attention. I looked carefully at my task manager and processes and there doesn't seem to be an uploader or some other application shifting my application selection. Here is a screen shot of the processes when it happened:

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n569/Eguzkiak/Processessept172012.png



Try closing any applications that are running in the taskbar.
I had this happen recently where a wireless utility program was running and was showing in the taskbar. I closed the utility, and now the window that I'm in, never loses focus.
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September 18, 2012 12:07:30 AM

complete shot in the dark, but could you run malwarebytes and the registry checker in CCleaner?
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September 18, 2012 1:20:41 PM

Thank you all for your help!

Danny, the issue was the same as yours. The problem started when I installed a new PCI wireless network card. and installed the drivers and utility. It was the TP-Link wireless configuration utility that was grabbing my attention. I closed it and now my windows never loose focus.

Thanks Again!
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September 18, 2012 1:21:01 PM

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September 18, 2012 4:55:41 PM

eguzki said:
Thank you all for your help!

Danny, the issue was the same as yours. The problem started when I installed a new PCI wireless network card. and installed the drivers and utility. It was the TP-Link wireless configuration utility that was grabbing my attention. I closed it and now my windows never loose focus.

Thanks Again!


Yes, that's the exact same brand utility that it happend to on the computer that I was talking about, the TP link software.
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December 4, 2013 11:27:34 AM

i have had the exakt same problem! it was my wireless componet drivers that took attention and closed everything i just closed it down when it was running as a bakround program and it fixed it. :) 
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January 19, 2014 3:32:43 PM

I have this problem as well but don't have any wireless programs on my computer and I feel like I've tried everything! It happens on and off at random times and can be quite annoying. Any ideas?
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January 28, 2014 4:15:50 PM

hey guys!

I had this same problem (Win 8, HP ENVY m6), especially when I was typing things or watching Netflix. I combed through my running services and I noticed that there was one service starting and stopping itself constantly. I kept looking at it and noticed that it was the HP Connected Remote Service. After going to its properties in Local Services I switched the start up type to "disabled" and the problem went away!

Good luck!!
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February 1, 2014 7:44:41 PM

I had this same problem and had searched for weeks before i found this thread. The problem is in fact the TP-Link running in the background. You must close it upon start-up and not minimize it. Thank you all for helping.
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June 24, 2014 4:37:49 PM

thank for this i had the same problem damn tp link, i was scared thinking i had broke something
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