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Why apps in taskbar not showing preview ?

Q: Why apps in taskbar not showing preview ?

What i mean is when i move the mouse cursor over an app window in taskbar if it's a game in the passed i saw the game running/playing in the small window of the app or if it's a program. Now i need to click on it and enter to it to see what is going on with it.

Now the problem is only with battlefield bad company 2 when the game is running in the background instead clicking on it's icon to enter it and see what is going i want that when i move the mouse cursor over it it should show me in the small window the game. But instead i see only white small window.

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A: Why apps in taskbar not showing preview ?

Hello @Chocolade, open control panel go to system, then advanced system settings. Click on the settings tab under performance, and make sure animations in the taskbar is checked.
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A:Installing? Developer Preview Apps in Comsumer Preview

Found the .lnk to the App.
The folder names changed from DP to CP.
No more Immersive Apps Shortcuts, nor Applications folder.

So I created those folders in CP and copied everything over from DP into them.
The good news? The shortcut showed up in the Start Screen!

The bad news, it doesn't run :(

I suppose I could compare registry entries and import some keys, but before I try that,
does anyone think there is an easier way?

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A:Explorer Preview Pane not showing preview

Hello romeroom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

It sounds like you may have thumbnail previews turned off. You could use the tutorial below to enable thumbnail previews to fix this.

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Support Forums
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Any thoughts?

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A:Icons of uninstalled apps showing in All apps

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I uninstalled the program but the problem persists.

Now, I update to build 10328 and nothing changes!

Any help?

P.S. Sorry my bad english.

A:windows 10 All apps List not showing any apps

Give this a try...................
How to Reinstall and Re-register All Built-in Windows Apps in Windows 8 and 10
Apps - Reinstall and Re-register in Windows 8 and 10

By the way, please do not apologize for your English.
1. Your English is wonderful.
2. English is not the only language in this planet. Be proud of your own national language.
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A:Toolbar on taskbar should only be showing an arrow but is showing icon

Hello thewonkits, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I notice this happens when using small icons for a toolbar. If you like, you could unlock the taskbar, right click on the dotted separator line to the left of the two top far left toolbars (one at a time) click on View and Large Icons, then lock the taskbar to see if that may look ok to you. It will make the top row a bit bigger though.

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will I have to re-install that program once I update to 8.1 RTM? Or, are the re-installs associated only with apps downloaded from the store?

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Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Reboot & run sfc again.
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A:Windows 8.1 Preview Apps Store not working

Hello Drew,

You might see if any of the items in the tutorial below may be able to help.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

OR this below if you're using a proxy.

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Is your video driver up-to-date?
Have you tried reinstalling it (maybe it installed incorrectly)?
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A:Taskbar Preview

Click on Start button and type GPEdit.msc in Instant Search text box, then hit Enter.
Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar in left pane of Local Group Policy Editor.
Locate and double click on Turn off taskbar thumbnails in right pane of Local Group Policy editor.
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Click OK to make the change effective.
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2. I run memtest, no problem found.
3. I disable c-state (no idea what is it, read it somewhere in this forum), my pc still crash with same symptoms.

extra info:
It is a brand new pc with the following specs:

Windows Edition: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K CPU @3.5GHz
RAM: 16 GB
System type: 64-bit Operating System
Driver: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
Driver Version:

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High Definition Audio is disabled. Is this deliberate? If so, why?

Lot's of errors in the WER section of MSINFO32 - most relating to video.
One odd one tho' - etdrv.sys Most references say it's a Windows driver, but it's not on my system. I tend to think that it's associated with a company named ETRON. My searches seem to think it's related to a camera driver (maybe a webcam).

Daemon Tools (and Alcohol % software) are known to cause BSOD's on some Win7 systems (mostly due to the sptd.sys driver, although I have seen dtsoftbus01.sys blamed on several occasions).
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Some free alternatives (I don't use them, so I can't comment on them)
KernSafe iSCSI initiator, Virtual CD/DVD-RW Emulator, Virtual Encryption Disk and Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Emulator All-in-One free software.
MagicISO - Convert BIN to ISO, Create, Edit, Burn, Extract ISO file, ISO/BIN converter/extractor/editor

Audio and mouse drivers date from 2009, please update them.

Update Webcam and Video drivers

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- Further info on BSOD error messages available at:
- Info on how to troubleshoot BSOD's (DRAFT):
- How I do it:



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A:Recent apps (top left corner) not displaying preview.

Hello 2Cryptic, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Sound like you are talking about the app Switcher. Once you move the pointer to the upper left hot corner to open Switcher, you should be able to move the pointer down a bit to reveal all apps in Switcher.

Here are some more methods as well.

Switcher - Open in Windows 8

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A Guy

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What happens if you try another user profile or load Start10 to see if it shows "Universal Apps".
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A:Taskbar preview issue

Quote: Originally Posted by Rudy

My problem's a little unique from the issues others are having. I'm trying to get Aero Peek to turn off such that when I roll over the taskbar, the contents of every single IE page open don't flash up, engulfing the screen when I have a lot of web sites open. I typically have 4 IE pages running (and one Firefox), with 7-10 tabs open on each instance. Every other taskbar element (including Firefox) just shows the upmost tab, but IE shows all the tabs open in all IE pages. Blots out the screen when I roll on the taskbar.

I ran the download for disabling Aero Peek, and sure enough, that got the grayed-out checkbox to go from checked to unchecked in the taskbar/start menu properties, but Aero Peek is still operating. Ran it again, rebooted, and even waited a day, to no avail. Peek is also unchecked/grayed out in the show desktop square.

Any other possibilities, or am I mistaken that this screen-hogging behavior is an Aero Peek feature?

That is odd, but once aero peak is disabled (unticked), you should no longer get the popups in full size at least. You should still get the little popup previews though. Also check in the "performance/visual effects area to see what effects there may help on or off.
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A:how to disable the taskbar preview?

Have a look at this tutorial....

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable
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If anyone has an Idea please let me know, as far as I can tell from searching all over the internet is that no one has done this yet. I think most people are content with the combined tabs, I myself am not.
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A:Taskbar (-thumbnail) Preview

Hello Kookster and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but I do not believe that it is possible to have taskbar live thumbnail previews done that way instead of from the thumbnail.

You can change the delay time for it tp speed it up though.

Taskbar Thumbnail Live Preview - Change Delay Time
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Disable desktop composition

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A:Don't have taskbar picture preview!

Hello Konrad,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

It may be that you need more ram or it could be that your graphics card doesn't support Aero.

If you click on the 'My System Specs' link at the bottom left of one of your posts and then click on Update, you can fill in everything you can about your system. That would help us answer your questions easier and you don't have to keep typing the info into each post.

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A:Preview Display In Taskbar

Hello Geek Wannabee,

How many tabs do you have open in Internet Explorer at the time? If you have a lot open, then you run out of room for the thumbnail previews and it places them in a jump list instead until you close more tabs and they can fit again. Do your other items on the taskbar have preview thumbnails for them when they are open?

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The tutorial below can help show you how to disable taskbar thumbnail previews.

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sorry for my bad English by the way..

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Hello Kentucky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but a taskbar icon must have the focus remain on it to see it's thumbnail preview. If you change the focus to something else, the thumbnail preview will stop.

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Originally Posted by wilfredo

im wondering if fire fox has an addon that when firefox windows are in the taskbar that when you mouse over them a preview comes out just like in the tab preview addon. i know that windows 7 has this under the name Live Taskbar Previews.

Yes wilfredo, it's a Windows 7 function and (last I heard) to get it to work with Firefox, Mozilla would have to work on the API to enable the preview function to work in Firefox. As far as I'm aware, there is no add-on that can achieve that.

Here's a good 'debate' on it! The sideshow is as good as the question!

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There's a tutorial on this. Here.

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Here is a tutorial by Brink that just might help you.
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Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

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Hi @CTPhil welcome to!

Right click on your taskbar, choose Properties, on the 'Taskbar' tab, drop the menu down beside "Taskbar buttons" and choose 'Never combine', click Apply and OK.
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Does the document print as you would expect or does it reflect the preview?

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Hello Laurus12

Have a look at this tutorial see if this is what your looking for - Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

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Aero Peek is what you are talking about. Your problem is with the third party software for the theme.
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A:I dont see thumbnail preview pictures on taskbar.

Hello Brad, Welcome!

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Hello Koen, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Usually when you hover on an icon on the taskbar that has an open window, you will see it's "taskbar thumbnail preview". If you hover over the taskbar thumbnail preview, you would then see the "taskbar thumbnail live preview". The taskbar thumbnail live preview is quick peek of the actual main window.

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Hi there,

I've posted your question in another thread about the thumbnail previews sometimes not working. Hopefully someone will take renewed interest in the issue As for the glowing icons staying that way after un-hovering... I'm not sure.


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A:Taskbar window preview only appears for a fraction of a second.

Do you have a restore point from before you installed the VLC things?
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Attached is a screenshot

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There is no title. Never has been in Windows 7.
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You have to occasionally reopen it to get a new preview. I noticed that sometimes when i am download things and i start doing other things, the preview will say like 85% downloaded, but when i go to the actual window it is done. Not sure how to make it be real time all the time, or why it even stops sometimes.
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Hello there,

I have windows 7 RC on my laptop, Dell 1501.

When I start one or more programs from the taskbar and hover my mouse pointer on them I can see thumbnail previews.
The problem is that thumbnail previews disappear too quickly even though my mouse pointer is still on the opened program in taskbar.
I have to move my mouse so I can get another quick preview.
I notice that if I click on an empty space on the taskbar with the left mouse button, and then point to an opened program the thumbnail preview stays for as long as my mouse pointer is on the program.

Does anybody have that problem?

A:Taskbar thumbnail preview disappears quickly

Hi tchimev,

No, I can't say I've ever had that problem. If I have a program open and hover over it on the taskbar, it will stay for as long as I have the mouse over it. Maybe changing the time it takes for the preview window to pop up might help.

Mouse Hover Time - Change
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Do you want to disable the preview completely? If you want to do that the do this.

Open Regedit by the use of RUN command or start menu search, then go to


When there right click on the right pane then create a new DWORD called ExtendedUIHoverTime and set the value to 20000 (that's 20 seconds) or value of your wish..

This does not disable the preview pop up but it wil now take 20 seconds to show up.
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I have browsed for hours without finding a solution.
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Hello Luke,

You might see if doing a repair install may be able to fix it for you without losing anything.

Hope this helps,
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I was going to say you probably have Aero off, but you don't. However, when you're running at that very high resolution, it could be disabling certain Aero features automatically (for whatever reason).

When you're at the max. resolution, does the Aero window switcher thing still work (Win + Tab)?
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A:Preview pane showing images cropped/covered

OS, version and installed RAM?
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My problem is resolved by doing SFC (System File Checker) scan.
Below is the process.
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When Working:

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First thought is that DWN shut down and didn't restart.

Before and after you game, will you hit start and search for services.msc and check on that?

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Thank you.

A:Taskbar thumbnail preview in basic/classic themes ?

Hello Auriga, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but you must be using one of the Aero Themes to be able to have taskbar thumbnail previews.
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Quote: Originally Posted by mistymount123

I am using windows7 x64 Homa basic edition and my task bar icons preview has changed from thumbails to small icons mode. How to change it back to big images previews.

See if this helps you out,

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Do you also have this? Is there any way to keep the popup preview but hide those ugly empty rectangles?

2) I never liked the "new" way to organise the control panel, I always chose classic view, but I can't find how to set it.

any idea?

thank you

A:empty rectangles in taskbar preview and no classic view

That's Aero peek. You could disable it, you'll still have the thumbnail previews, but they won't show the full window in the background when you mouse over the preview window, unless you click on it. Or you could just leave it on, and click Show Desktop on the far right taskbar. That will still give you the thumbnail previews, but not show all the transparent windows in the background.

The Control Panel you can change up at the top right of the control panel where it says Category/Large/Small icons View.
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A:Logging into our reporting site causes invalid taskbar preview

I did not put this here. Why would someone move this to the Browsers and Mail forum?

Taskbar previews are a function of Windows itself, right? If there is something the admin knows about what happens to cause this, would he please share it?

Should I be looking for a resolution to an Explorer problem or a Windows problem and why?