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Alt+Tab out of Games = Bad

  1. #1


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Alt+Tab out of Games = Bad


    I've found that if you alt+tab out of games in Windows 8 Pro, you can't tab back in to it and have to open Task Manager to force close it. When you look at the game while doing this you'll usually see that game is not responding. Just wondering if there's a way to fix this or should I just wait until an update is released?

    Note: This has happened in Killing Floor, Smite Closed Beta, Unreal Tournament 3, Unreal Tournament 2004, Left 4 Dead 2, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

    EDIT 1 > Hot Corners. Disable them. (Start8 from Stardock works well. I don't know of any others, but try searching around)

    EDIT 2 > I found another thing that's causing the alt+tab problem: MSI Afterburner's OSD. Disable it and you're good to go (sucks though).
    Last edited by SLeePYG72786; 07 Nov 2012 at 15:59.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 55
    windows 7 x86,7 x64, 8 x64, xp


    i'll test it out in the weekend, i have some of those games
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  3. #3


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    All day today Smite has been alt-tabbing itself. Nothing running in the background or anything. I'm going to switch back to 7 asap. Screw this garbage OS.
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  4. #4


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    This happens to me
    Minecraft:Freezes no access to game
    Sims 3: Sounds still there but no access
    Last edited by Microbillgates; 04 Nov 2012 at 07:13. Reason: meant to type game not get
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  5. #5


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    It appears that the Hot Corners on the Desktop are what's causing it. Since I'm using Start8 from Stardock, I'm able to disable those and so far no issues.
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  6. #6


    seattle
    Posts : 7
    Win 8 Pro 64-bit


    Ok, so something similar is happening in WoW for me. Regularly the game minimizes and I'm thrown to the desktop. How do you disable the hot corners for gaming if you're not using Stardock? Which I have no idea what that is. I just downloaded the upgrade online.
    Thank you.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I found another thing that's causing the alt+tab problem: MSI Afterburner's OSD. Disable it and you're good to go (sucks though).

    @ briente - I don't know of any other programs that do that. Try searching around and you might find one. Good luck to you.
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