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Applications running, but no visible windows?

  1. #1


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)

    Applications running, but no visible windows?


    This may be related to the recent Windows update.

    Just recently, I noticed that, sometimes, I had to click an application twice to start it.

    At first, I attributed it to typos, but when it happened quite a few times, I investigated.

    I saw that Task Manager showed the application running, but there was no window on the desktop.

    The application doesn't matter and it's not easily reproducible - happens once or twice a day at random.

    Odd.

    I'll be a bit more vigilant now that I noticed it and see if I can track it down better (32-bit or 64-bit apps, for example). The last one was a 32-bit application. And I started two applications in rapid succession.

    (I'm on 64-bit 8.1).

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  2. #2


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit
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  3. #3


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I don't believe that is it. There is no taskbar icon.

    And why so many different windows just now? I don't usually ever move windows around - and never to the edge of the screen.
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  4. #4


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    This just happened again.

    There was no window, no window icon on taskbar, Task Manager showed the application was consuming about 1.2% CPU.

    As I was starting to investigate, the windows appeared after about a minute or 2.

    A bit slow, but I guess I just have to be patient.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    same prblem, happens mostly with games, all the time!
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  6. #6


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Just wondering why it's happening, now, though...

    Anyway, no biggie, now that I have installed my patience application.
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