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#1 herbaklez

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 07:18 AM

This installation of Windows XP home is very new and anti-virus and firewall protection has been active and up to date so I don't expect that is the cause.

what happens:

In the midst of typing on a document, email, or even twice whilst I'm typing this post, a background window suddenly takes over as the active window. I wondered if this was some sort of sloppy keyboard technique causing a keyboard shortcut to activate, but it happens to other users on the same computer, and doesn't occur on our other computer.

It can even occur when no typing or mouse activity is occuring, or during mouse-only activity. I have wondered if it some sort of "rogue" mouse trigger at work, as this computer is also prone to "wandering mouse pointer" where the mouse pointer temporarily mis-behaves and moves of its own accord, or in very different motions to the movement of the mouse itself.

Any ideas?

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 07:54 AM

Change your keyboard.

Your Alt+Tab'bing Yourself.
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:37 AM

Have you installed any keyboard or mouse specific drivers? If so there maybe certain key or button combinations to do certain tasks such as the issue you are describing.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 11:13 PM

It may be a known issue of "focus stealing" . See here: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsxp/ht...lingfocus02.htm

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