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Prevent Fullscreen games from minimizing?

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I've been playing an ARPG called Path of Exile lately, and the game seems to run way smooth in Fullscreen mode than it does in Windowed Fullscreen. The only problem I have is if a window pops up outside of the game, it'll minimize the game and pull me out of it. Since I'm playing a hardcore character, this is potentially deadly and a situation I'm looking to avoid. Is there any way possible to prevent another window from taking focus and minimizing another program like the game I'm trying to play?
 

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I think you're looking at fixing the symptom not the problem. You need to get stuff to stop opening while your in a game, not to get the game to stop minimizing. If your computer is opening stuff in the background that will slow your game down weather your minimizing or not.
 

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I think Aquinus hit it on the head. You need to stop the program that's popping up while you're playing. Example: Yahoo messenger running in the back ground will minimize your game when someone comes online and goes off line.. Or sends you a message..
 
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Sounds like someone needs to activate windows :p
 
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I've actually never had the game minimize on me...yet. It's something I'm always worried about happening though. The one time it did minimize was because I plugged my phone in and the AutoPlay window popped up asking what I want to do about the Removable Disk that was just plugged in. So I'm mostly asking this as a preventative measure, I've invested about 3 weeks into this level 79 character, it would suck for it to die because the game got minimized for some unforeseen reason. So there's no way of forcing a window to always stay in focus or something along those lines?

Some other things I've tested though so not minimize the game, like a Steam message from a friend won't minimize. I'm not sure why some things do and some don't. But if there was a way to prevent it, I'd like to do it.
 
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what OS you running? on win8 you can stop all notifications/pop ups for an amount of time. tbh I don't know how to use it.......im still looking for the start button lol
 
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what OS you running? on win8 you can stop all notifications/pop ups for an amount of time. tbh I don't know how to use it.......im still looking for the start button lol
I'm on Windows 7 64-bit, the option you're talking about is unique to Windows 8?
 
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go on windows websites they may be something to help you. or theres a bit of software called razer game booster which closes non essential applications and 'tweaks' your pc for game use.
 
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I plugged my phone in and the AutoPlay window popped up asking what I want to do about the Removable Disk that was just plugged in.
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Windows\Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\AutoPlay: Deselect [Use AutoPlay for all media and devices] & Save

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just disable notification giving mprograms.

autoplay should not minimize stuff.
 
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Why would the game get minimized ? Thats just weird behaviour.
 

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Why would the game get minimized ? Thats just weird behaviour.
Because something like auto run will take focus. Once it takes focus it minimizes because you're not running in windowed mode.
 
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Because something like auto run will take focus. Once it takes focus it minimizes because you're not running in windowed mode.
So its a problem of the game then ? I doesn't happens to me thats why I asked.
 
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Oh these annoyances that STILL plague Windows. I'm sure we've all typed the letter "R" (in a page long email or reply) a split second after a window popped up asking "Restart now?"

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/deskpins.html

See if that'll work for you.