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Whenever I use windows media player 10 in full screen, after a few minutes, it kicks me back to the small screen. Says something like program lose focus to explorer.exe. Same thing happens when I play games online in full screen. It kicks me back out to the desktop screen. It's not like the programs crashed or anything. All I have to do is click the program button on the bottem of the windows desktop screen and I am back in the program. So I don't know what's up? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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In media player, click tool, options, tick keep on top of other windows, click apply, close then open media player
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Doesn't work, but found this on the internet. Don't know if I should do this? If yes, can you give me a step by step procedure? Thanks.

Preventing Applications from Stealing the Focus

To prevent applications from stealing the focus from the window you are working
Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop
Edit the key ForegroundLockTimeout
Give it a value of 00030d40

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Click start, run, type regedit, press enter, click + next to each of the entries, except desktop, click the word desktop, look for Foregroundlocktimeout

Left click it to highlight, right click it, click modify, with the dot in hexidecimal, type 30d40, click OK

The entry should look exactly like this

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If so, close the registry editor

Reboot
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That's funny. I changed it, but when I reboot, the registry goes back to before. The change does not stay.
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What does it change to?
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Back to zero. I changed to 30d40, but after reboot, it goes back to 0.
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Change it back, then at the top of registry editor, click file, export, put the dot in all, save the file to a folder you create

Close the registry editor, try running a game without rebooting

If it minimizes, check the value in registry, if it has changed, double click the registry file you saved
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It's fixed, but I still have the same problem. Still get booted out of full screen after a few minutes of play. But thanks anyway for your help.
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Have you tried other media players for the movies

http://www.filehippo...are/multimedia/

Did the registry entry also have the 200000 figure
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Yep, still have the same problems. Registry does show 200000.
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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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