Annoying auto active window switch

Posted on 2009-02-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi there guys,

I realize that this may be petty, but I find it ultra annoying.  Often times when installing software or updates while trying to multitask and do other things, the installer changes my active window automatically.  For instance, I am trying to install software in the background while trying to respond to an email.  As I'm typing the installer automatically comes to the foreground and if I am not careful my key strokes from typing will select buttons on the installer window.  Is there anyway to tweak XP to disable this and not bring a window to the foreground unless I explicitly click on it to do so.  I hate that software tries to dictate for me what I should be doing and when.  Your help is very much appreciated.
Question by:urbanstyles
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    Accepted Solution


    You can try downloading Tweak IU:
    It is on the right (tweak IU) that you need. Then once you install this, you can mess with the focus (I think it is called 'focus stealing') that should keep focus on the window you pick, not changing it. However, depending on how the program install is coded, you may have 'allowed this', when you click "next". Basically, what I am saying is that the installer has its own code and you executing it, means this code will run.

    Also, you are not suppose to "multitask" when installing applications. If an app you are using is using a file that the install will require, you could get an error or cause other problems. Especially with graphic intensive programs, such as games, as these call on a lot of DX or other graphics .dll's that could be in use. Most apps will tell you not to run other apps while installing and I know that most of the time it does work fine, but I just wanted to let you know.

    Hope this helps,

    Author Closing Comment

    I realize that you are not SUPPOSED to do anything else while installing software... but that is sometimes very inefficient as you could be doing other things with the time.
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    Expert Comment


    I agree with you that you should not be doing other things, but I TOO, do multiple things, such as installing software and working, because you are right, that time (maybe an hour or two) is wasted if you can't actually use your computer.

    Thank you for the grade!

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