HP Wireless Assistant issue:
I have Windows 7 professional on an HP laptop. Please see the constraint at the end of this question.
"HP Wireless Assistant Main Program" (HPWAMain.exe) is a program, not a service, that runs on startup but does not show in task manager as an application (it does show as a process). Although it can be opened from the task bar to start or stop a radio device, it is meant to otherwise work behind the scenes and provide pop-up balloons of status change information, but it creates a small invisible window in the bottom left of the screen that takes the focus away from whatever application one is working on. For example, if one is working in Excel one cannot select the tabs of other sheets (being located at the bottom left of the screen) because one ends up clicking on this invisible/transparent window instead of the Excel window which is behind it.
HP support said to uninstall the program and reinstall it again from their website, which I did. But the program behaves the same way.
My workaround is to click on the invisible window where its menu would be (the menu becomes visible) and click maximise or restore; fortunately it is always in the same place. The program then stays in the background without taking the focus or the mouse clicks.
To my mind there is nothing I can do to make the program behave properly in the first place. Surely HP have to modify their program so that it starts up "maximised", but HP support say the problem is unique to me i.e. there is nothing wrong with their program that they would need to fix (I am pleased they are still trying to resolve the problem).
However, what chance is there that this happens only to me? What chance is there that this happens to each and every one of HP's customers whose machine comes with this program?
Incidentally, I don’t see anything in registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER that tells the program to open one way or another:
The question: What is to be done to make this program start up properly, without reinstalling the operating system?