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Found a bug Microsoft hasn't fixed since Windows XP

  1. #1


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit

    Found a bug Microsoft hasn't fixed since Windows XP


    Just thought this was interesting.

    Since XP sometimes the taskbar would get stuck open and not auto hide. The reason for this is the system is trying to display a notification window about something but it's not being displayed where it's visible. The solution is to go into task manager and close all instances of Windows Explorer ( not Internet Explorer) and then from the task manager, re-run Explorer.exe. The task bar will auto hide normally now.
    I came across this researching the problem because I had t in Windows 8. I have found instances of this same problem and the same fix from Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8.

    You would have thought Microsoft would have learned by now.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    I see a Mod edited this as soon as I posted it adding the "Windows Explorer - Restart explorer.exe in Windows 8" link. Apparently problems like the one I mentioned above are so common place, Microsoft had to add a quick restart feature for Windows Explorer instead of properly fixing the problem.

    I find that even more interesting than my above post.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    I marked it unsolved because a few minutes later.. same problem came back, so it's not as good a fix as people said it was after all. I did not open any other windows and if there is any phantom notification window poping up, i have no way to know that.. so I am starting to suspect that's really not the problem. I did notice that the taskbar will go back to auto hiding if you only have one open application sitting in your task bar - without having to close and restart explorer.exe.

    Ya know how annoying it is trying to watch a full screen Youtube video and the task bar wont auto hide?

    Is there a better fix for this problem?
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    I marked it unsolved because a few minutes later.. same problem came back, so it's not as good a fix as people said it was after all. I did not open any other windows and if there is any phantom notification window poping up, i have no way to know that.. so I am starting to suspect that's really not the problem. I did notice that the taskbar will go back to auto hiding if you only have one open application sitting in your task bar - without having to close and restart explorer.exe.

    Ya know how annoying it is trying to watch a full screen Youtube video and the task bar wont auto hide?

    Is there a better fix for this problem?

    I just press F-11 & get full screen every time.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    Ya know how annoying it is trying to watch a full screen Youtube video and the task bar wont auto hide?

    Is there a better fix for this problem?
    You could try NOT having the taskbar auto-hide.

    When the taskbar is marked as auto-hide it displays as topmost, which will be above the full screen app. I mean, if it's that annoying, then one can live with the taskbar not hiding, right?

    As for the bug, it's really hard to say whether the bug you have found is the same as the bug previously reported. It might be similar, or it might just be something totally different that just looks like the old bug.

    In any event, I've never seen this problem.. ever. That tells me it's not that common, and is probably related to something specific about your configuration or drivers.

    As for the "Restart" feature, it's not added because of this issue. There are a lot of reasons people want to restart explorer. For instance, when installing new software that installs context menus, or removing said software. Also, debugging purposes when writing said shell extensions. It's not an exaggeration to say that people doing shell extension work sometimes restart explorer thousands of times.
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  6. #6


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    I've seen this issue on a few occasions over the years and I assume the reason that Microsoft has not addressed it is that it is more than likely caused by some 3rd party application, incorrectly calling the display routine without cause
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