Windows minimize by themselves!

Posted on 2002-03-17
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Windows minimize whenever I go near them by themseves. If I have a number of different program windows open, I only need move my mouse towards the window and it instantly minimizes. It drives me crazy. I have tried folder options and find
nothing to prevent this from happening. Doesn't matter what application I use they all do the same thing. The only time it stopped doing this was when I defragged the hard drives and then it only worked for two days and went back to doing it on it's own again. I have win2000 and find nothing anywhere to prevent this from happening. Changing mouse settings has no effect one way or the other. They also minimize whenever I move the mouse outside of the window. Such as going to look at whatever is behind the window, I only move the cursor out of the window and it automatically minimizes.
Question by:airbird
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Try this:
go to device manager and select view hidden devices - what do you have listed for mouse driver?
Try removing the mouse driver - reboot and windows should add the driver back.
Which service pack level are you at?
Which version of IE do you have?  All the latest critical updates and patches applied?
Office 2000 installed?
Try this:
Go to  start  |  run  and type    sfc /scannow

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Win2000 pro service pack 2 installed, latest hot fix installed. I attempted the mouse driver uninstall and rebooted but the same goffy thing keeps happening. It's almost like any  window that I want to use just slips into minimze mode whenever I don't need it to do that. Norton AV constantly running. Has found nothing to speak of. It must be a quick registry fix if nothing else. I have never seen anything like this in over 9 years.
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check in the registry under
hklu\control panel\desktop
for  activewindtrktimeout

and there were a few more timeouts listed.

still looking.
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