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i used to have this in windows 7. now the thumbnails in the taskbar don't show me the actual running programs if i mouseover them but only stillshots. those snapshots aren't even taken in real time but are just some random shots from seconds/minutes (?) ago. is there a way to bring this feature back?

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Install latest version of graphic card driver.

Open Control Panel --> System --> Advanced system settings, click Settings button under "Performance" section and from  Visual Effects tab place a check mark for "Let Windows choose what's best for my computer".


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thanks for the reply.

hm that option is already activated. every other setting except mouseshadow and save miniature preview for taskbar has a check mark.


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Have you installed latest version of the graphic card?


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newest drivers are installed via nvidia menu. doesn't help sadly.

i should maybe mention that so far the only game that actually has given me an in-game image is blood bowl chaos edition. most games just show a black screen if i mouseover the thumbnail in the taskbar (after alt tab to desktop).

does windows need more memory space reserved for this somehow?

i have

8gb RAM 

intel i5 6600k

asrock h170 pro4 hyper

geforce gtx 1070

be quiet straight power 680w

 

hm setting swap file memory from 2gb to 4gb max didn't help...


Edited by lazyoli, 06 December 2016 - 03:51 PM.

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Is the system memory usage high?

pen Command Prompt as a administrator by pressing  Win + X, and then press A letter key.

Run below command from Command Prompt that is open as administrator.

Sfc  /Scannow

You would use DISM to fix Windows component store corruption when a sfc /scannow command is unable to repair corrupted or modified Windows system files because the component store (source) is corrupted.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

SFC should be able to repair the files afterwards. Execute below command to make sure corrupted system files repaired.

Sfc  /Scannow

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so it did find corrupted data, which is quite amazing since it is an all around new system, and said they were successfully repaired after the scan. it didn't help though.
 
the memory is not at full capacity while running the somewhat old blood bowl (see screenshot) but quite high while running the elder scrolls online (an mmo-rpg) with 80% RAM usage.
 
another thing i tested is the windows media player, which i consider a rather small program (40% RAM), with some visualizations turned on. it shows me a stillshot just like blood bowl
but when i have it open in windowed mode instead of minimized it does show me the full real time animations in the taskbar thumbnail! that kinda defeats the purpose of
having the preview though. i can just look at the real program then. lol.

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Edited by lazyoli, 07 December 2016 - 04:29 PM.

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With Window 10 the live preview is not displayed while program is minimized. 


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huh? but when is it previewing anything then? when the window is open i don't need a preview. dang. windows 7 did that just that fine. have to look up the specifics for windows 10. thanks.


Edited by lazyoli, 07 December 2016 - 07:45 PM.

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When you have many programs opened and the program you want the view live preview is covered by other open programs live preview comes in handy.


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well i managed to get it working for blood bowl a little while after i reset my portforwarding stuff. don't know if that has anything to do with it though. i'm not sure what caused it but it DOES work under windows 10 as i used to know it. at least for that specific game. sadly it worked only for a day. i didn't do any system tweaking that day so i don't know what causes it to turn itself on/off.


Edited by lazyoli, 18 December 2016 - 11:21 PM.

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