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Brief white flashes when opening new windows

  1. #1


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1

    Brief white flashes when opening new windows


    Hi

    I've just upgraded to 8.1 and I have seen this exact problem on a different laptop of similar specs (my specs should be in my profile).

    I use a custom theme with dark colors. I like dark background and light text. The problem is that very often when I open a new explorer (like My Computer) or browser window (like Firefox), the whole background of the window/frame becomes white for a very brief period before showing the actual content of the window and assuming the dark background color that I assigned. This might not be a big deal for someone using the default white theme, but for me it is annoying, let alone hurtful for my eyes especially in the evening.


    I tried looking for a fix but no luck.

    Can someone please be so kind and help me with this?


    Thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Can anyone at least be so kind and suggest me the words I can use on Google to search for this issue?
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  3. #3


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Have you tried to update your graphics card driver?

    I'm not sure what words to search for.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    I have the latest graphic card drivers and everything else there is from Acer and Microsoft.

    Is there no way to force that white color to be something darker? Perhaps by editing some values in Regedit?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    By the way, you can see what I mean if you go to Personal Settings, Colors, change Window Background Color to black and apply settings. Then keep spamming Win+E

    As you see, the background space within the window itself appears to be pure white sometimes. The same is happening to the entire browser window when I open it and also when opening new tabs. Sometimes it also happens when Alt+Tabbing

    This is very painful for my eyes when I use dark custom theme

    Please, anyone. There has to be a fix for this?!
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  6. #6


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by Aleque View Post
    By the way, you can see what I mean if you go to Personal Settings, Colors, change Window Background Color to black and apply settings. Then keep spamming Win+E

    As you see, the background space within the window itself appears to be pure white sometimes. The same is happening to the entire browser window when I open it and also when opening new tabs. Sometimes it also happens when Alt+Tabbing

    This is very painful for my eyes when I use dark custom theme

    Please, anyone. There has to be a fix for this?!
    I have tried what you suggested and do not see what you are seeing.

    What other settings have you made other than what you suggested here?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Ok I think I "fixed" it. The white flashes seem to have stopped when I disabled all the interface animations of windows (right click My Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance > etc - the menu with lots and lots of checkboxes. My Windows is currently in Danish but I think that option that cause the problem is called "animate when minimize or maximize windows")

    I always disable the "fancy" visual stuff because I like it simple, but looks I have no choise now but to use it rather than getting a flashbang in my eyes every time I use my laptop

    It seems like a minor interface bug, which can be hard to notice since almost everyone out there uses the white interface, hence it's hard to notice. But try disabling all the animations and do the thing that I mentioned earlier, and you will see what I mean. I'm going to have to adapt to Windows 8 since I am so used to simplicity of XP and 7.
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  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Does it happen when you are opening Tile Apps, or Desktop Apps?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Does it happen when you are opening Tile Apps, or Desktop Apps?
    I am not sure what you mean. I usually happens when I do almost anything like opening/tabbing to windows and browser
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    A Desktop App runs from the Desktop, a Tile App runs from the Start Screen. You can tell which is which if the Screen Slides over to the right or the left, to the right (Or if it does not switch over), it's a Tile app, to the left, it's a Desktop Program.

    Do you run the system from the "Start Screen" or from the Desktop? Because sometimes it is normal for certain "Tile" apps to show a bright flash as they start, if you have Animations turned off. Tile Apps are supposed to "Twirl Around" as they start, if that animation is shut off, then it may just show a bright flash.

    Desktop apps on the other hand, will show a "Splash Screen" which is a medium Sized Bitmap Picture showing the brand and program name. So I'm guessing that this ia happening when Tipe Apps start, because you have the twirling animation shut off somehow. You can turn that on or off by right clicking on "My/This Computer" and choosing "Properties" - Go into "Advanced Systems Settings" which is a link at the middle Left, and Choose "Settings" under "Performance"- You can turn Animations for certain areas on or off there.
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