Within the past month, month and a half, a friend helped me build my first PC. Everything I bought was either brand new or maybe a year or so old in terms of when it was released, but regardless, all of the components are fairly new. After we built it, he installed Windows Pro on my PC, however, it wasn't an active version. I recently was able to buy my own version of Windows Home, not Pro and installed it about a week or two ago.
However since doing that, I've noticed an annoying bug or glitch if you will, that keeps occurring relating to my apps on the taskbar. So as you all know, when you hover your mouse over an app on the taskbar, typically, it shows a tiny preview window just above (if of course you have the application already opened/active), and lets you select one of the windows of the app you have open, that you're previewing. Yet for example, there are times where I have multiple "File Explorer" windows open/active and I hover my mouse over the "File Explorer" app on the toolbar to see the preview windows I have active or open and one of the following occurs in this bug/glitch:
A. The preview windows don't show up at all as I'm hovering over the app
B. The preview windows do show up, but when I go to click on one of the preview windows to open on my desktop, it doesn't open that window
C. The preview windows become visible for a split second then disappears, or
D. When I click the actual app on the taskbar that is open or active, it doesn't open at all, but shows it is open or active on the taskbar
This goes for all apps by the way. Not only does this bug/glitch cause the issue I described above, but it also doesn't allow me to rearrange apps pinned on the taskbar while it is acting up. The only way I get it to stop temporarily is by putting my PC to sleep then working after that. But once I shut it down, the next day it goes right back into the issue. I've spoken with two Microsoft support advisors and one says it is an issue with the latest Windows update, while the other said it's a hardware issue. I've done everything from restarting my PC, unplugging monitors, resetting Windows to its default settings, making sure my NVIDIA graphics drivers are up to date and nothing has solved it.
In case this helps with context, here is all I have in the PC:
- B450 TOMAHAWK AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
- Ryzen 5 3600 Matisse 3.6GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
- Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-16GVKC
- GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X Overclocked Dual Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
- RM650 650 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
- Blue 500GB SSD 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
- Blue Mainstream 1TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
I also do have two monitors, one being a MSI Optix MAG241 Curved monitor which is a newer model and the other an HP EliteDisplay which is an older monitor and the issue happens on both. I even stopped using the older monitor and the issue still occurred on my newer, primary monitor.
I have attached a link to the video I took of the issue as it happens. Has anyone else experienced this issue or seen/heard of this? Does this sound like a Windows software issue/bug or could this be an actual issue with a specific piece of hardware in my PC? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Stay safe everyone!
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