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Taskbar thumbnail previews not appearing, tooltip instead

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro x64 | Windows 8 Pro x64

    Taskbar thumbnail previews not appearing, tooltip instead


    Hello, every since I updated my 8.1 to update 1 I have this annoying bug, the taskbar miniatures stop appearing and instead i have this annoying tooltip with whatever program's name I hovered last, that insists in staying above all other windows:

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    The only way to fix it is rebooting my computer, but it just comes back after a while.

    I haven't found any link to any open program, any way I can debug this to find out why this is happening? I'm close to formatting the computer because of this annoyance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro x64 | Windows 8 Pro x64


    anyone?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro x64 | Windows 8 Pro x64


    noone has any idea how to debug/fix this?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You could try a Disk Cleanup including thumbnail cache.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro x64 | Windows 8 Pro x64


    tried but to no avail. Still the same problem...
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  6. #6


    Did you try playing with Taskbar properties. Specially "Combine" part.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro x64 | Windows 8 Pro x64


    tried playing with all settings, still the same crap........ :/ rebooted the pc and it was fine for a day, it's back on the same crap now
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  8. #8


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    I was going to start my own thread about this, so I'm glad to have found this one.

    I've had this problem for years through multiple installs. Whether it started with 8.0 I'm not sure (I'm leaning towards it being in Win7 too, but it's been a long time), but the latest 8.1 doesn't resolve it.

    Until now, my working theory had been that it was some sort of graphics-related resource depletion due to the fact that I don't have a dedicated graphics card (I use what's built-in to the Core i5-2500K). Unfortunately, your profile shows that you have dedicated graphics.

    So...I'm at a loss. It is annoying, and it only seems to happen after a good part of a day of active use. Sometimes I can go a day without seeing it at all, in fact. Is that about the same for you?

    The only thing that I can think of now is some program that we both use a lot. If you want to compare installed software, let me know.

    There is an easier way of temporarily resolving it short of a reboot, however. Make a batch file along these lines:

    Code:
    @echo off
    taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    taskkill /F /IM snagit32.exe
    start explorer.exe
    start /d "C:\Program Files (x86)\Snagit" Snagit32.exe
    I left Snagit32 in there because it's an example of a program that normally sits on the tray (not to be confused with the taskbar) and doesn't come back after restarting Explorer.exe (even though Snagit32.exe is still in memory). So, I kill those programs as well and restart them in the batch. If you don't have any programs that show this problem, then you needn't bother with adding them to the batch.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Just wanted to bring this subject up again in case someone has stumbled on exactly why it happens.

    I can confirm that it's also an issue in Windows 10, which is no surprise.
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  10. #10



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I've never had this problem, these are my performance settings if it helps:
    Attachment 55578
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