Re: Windows always on top when they shouldn't be
From: Malke (malke_at_nospoonnotreally.com)
Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2004 11:24:44 -0800
Simon Caldwell wrote:
>>You don't give enough information for anyone to help. Accordingly, I
>>suspect few knew what to suggest. Further, you give conflicting
>>information (XP home vs. XP pro) which affects the impression of the
>>clarity to which the problem has bee fully described.
> OK, sorry :-)
> It's XP Home.
> And I do know a fair bit about Windows (I'm a software developer), I
> just don't always express myself very clearly (I'm a software
> developer) ;-)
>>Is your problem having windows "always on top" or that when the
>>windows "gets focus" it moves to top?
> It's the former. Normally, when I click on an application (ie it gets
> focus), it goes to the top. When I click on another application, that
> goes to the top. When the problem shows itself, clicking on the
> second application sets focus to it, but leaves the first application
> on top of it, hiding the other one.
>>For the former, recommendation:
>>Repost and give details of what applications are doing this. Control
>>of Window focus to be "always on top" is controlled by the application
>>not the Windows XP. Windows XP does this upon request by the
> The applications that were running when it occurred just now were
> Explorer (2 instances), Internet Explorer 6 SP1 (4 instances), Agent
> 1.93, and MailWasher 2.0.
> I'm monitoring the situation to see if I can narrow it down at all.
> But I've got exactly the same open at the moment with no problem. And
> I never had any difficulties of this sort under W98 or W2K which is
> what led me to suspect XP.
> I found this post on the subject:
> but no replies.
Hi, Simon. Thanks for explaining your situation further. Whenever weird
gui problems (or other strange interaction problems for that matter)
pop up in Windows, your first step should always be to scan for viruses
with a current av using updated definitions. The next step should
always be to scan for spyware. The malware out there is gross and it
can do drive-by installs, so even if you don't think you've got it, you
may be very surprised. Of course, viruses are bad, but the real
annoyances for Windows users right now are mostly caused by spyware.
Remove spyware with the free programs Spybot Search & Destroy from
www.security.kolla.de and Ad-aware from www.lavasoftusa.com. Be sure to
update these programs before running them, and run them both because
they complement each other. It is best to run antivirus and spyware
removal tools in Safe Mode.
After you've cleaned up the machine, if you still need help, please
-- MS MVP - Windows Shell/User Elephant Boy Computers www.elephantboycomputers.com "Don't Panic!"