Solved How to disable a program from being always on top?

Toshiba / Satellite a100
August 31, 2016 at 06:14:37
Specs: Windows XP, x86 1995 MHz
I have some programs that go always on top when another programs are open in a small window on top of them. Examples are Incredimail, Ant Renamer, Vivaldi Browser. For example if I open the Disk defragmenter, those programs always force it to go to background. There are no settings in those programs to stop that feature. Is there a way in windows XP?

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#1
August 31, 2016 at 07:10:40
This Registry edit should prevent programs from stealing focus:

Open the Registry and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel.

Select the Desktop key under Control Panel.

Locate and double-click on the ForegroundLockTimeout DWORD.

In the Edit DWORD Value window that appears, set the Value data: field to 30d40 As Hexadecimal

Click OK and then close Registry Editor.

Restart the computer


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#2
August 31, 2016 at 09:55:34
No sorry that didnt work. Any other idea?

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#3
August 31, 2016 at 16:12:19
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Seems like a non-problem to me, but if it is to you, try this: http://deskpins.en.softonic.com/

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#4
September 1, 2016 at 03:23:42
This is one way to turn around the problem but I prefer to eliminate it completely.

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#5
September 1, 2016 at 07:48:38
Close the offending programs then. Instead just create a shortcut icon on the desktop to open the program when needed.

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#6
September 1, 2016 at 08:31:13
This cant be done. I use vivaldi internet browser which steals focus all the time. I need to use a form filling prog along with vivaldi but that prog keeps disappearing and doesnt let me do the job well. It is very annoying going back and forth to both programs. Vivaldi support couldnt find out why. I am looking for an answer in windows. Why I use Vivaldi? that is a different topic.

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#7
September 2, 2016 at 09:00:08
Split the screen & view them side by side.

"Why I use Vivaldi?"

As I understand it, it's basically the Opera interface on top of Chrome but is somewhat sluggish. IMO, there are better choices available but I'm sure you have your reasons for using it.

http://theusbport.com/vivaldi-1-0-b...

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#8
September 2, 2016 at 10:17:02
"Why I use Vivaldi?"
Since you seem to be curious....I used Firefox for many years but lately, with recent updates it started crashing several times a day apparently due to a problem with the Adobe flash player (which has the features of a very stupid program; keeps updating too frequently and the older versions dont work anymore) Nothing worked to stop that. Chrome per se doesnt install on WinXP. Opera was too slow when I open many tabs as I usually do. The same was UCBrowser. Vivaldi is amazingly fast and doesnt slow the computer even with many tabs open. Websites open faster than any browser I tried. It is amazing except for this stupid feature of steeling focus.

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#9
September 3, 2016 at 07:41:14
I was not aware of this browser prior to this thread. That said, a little Googling indicates one of the browser's main features is customization. Especially with window tabs. I would suspect Vivaldi can do what you desire. You just may not know how. See the review links below for some ideas.

http://www.pcmag.com/review/343672/...

http://www.trustedreviews.com/vival...


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#10
September 3, 2016 at 08:04:29
"I used Firefox for many years but lately...."

I'm sure you realize that your main problem is that you're sticking with XP. Microsoft isn't the only one who's stopped supporting it. And you must have SP3 for many other programs to work. You may already have it but it's not shown in your specs. Opera stopped supporting XP at version 36 & I'm sure others will be doing the same. Older browser versions will work but since they won't be updated or be receiving security or bug fixes, they will become a security risk.

Have you tried Maxthon? - http://filehippo.com/download_maxthon/


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#11
September 3, 2016 at 09:14:53
There is a whole lot of controversy regarding pros and cons of WinXP but this is not the place to go over them. For now, vivaldi is a great choice for me and eventually I will figure out its problem stated in this post. I too never heard about it until 2 weeks ago...Maxthon is very slow.

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#12
September 3, 2016 at 09:43:46
Curious - how much RAM do you have? Everything will be slow if memory is lacking.

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#13
September 3, 2016 at 10:01:00
4 GB. I tested all browsers under the same conditions.

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#14
September 3, 2016 at 10:55:35
Do you have CCleaner-Slim installed & run it regularly? It may help by clearing out all the accumulated internet garbage. Have you disabled unnecessary startup apps to prevent them from loading & running in the background? That will help overall performance.

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

I'm also curious which AV protection you run since many have dropped support for XP? I'm not knocking XP, it was a great OS. I still have it on one of my rarely used PCs but at some point it's going to be time to say goodbye. Why haven't you upgraded up to at least Win7?


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#15
September 3, 2016 at 11:52:45
I have CCleaner and use it regularly. I keep tight control on start up programs. I use Avira AV. The main reason I am hanging to XP is its great user friendly interface and maneuverability. Win Explorer in 7 and after is terrible and hard to use besides some of the great programs I am used to use dont work in 7 and couldnt find a replacemnt (Like PS Hot folders). I use 7 at work and hate it. You are right, at some point I will have to give it up but so far that point hasnt come....

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