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Background Apps disappearing in Windows 8

post #1 of 7
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Throttlestop, Everything, and Process Explorer are the 3 background programs that always tend to die with no warning whenever I wake my computer from sleep mode, or even closing the monitor (without sleeping) for several seconds. These 3 are icons in the system tray, but whenever they suddenly die their icons freeze, and when I mouse-over them the icons disappear and the system tray gets shorter.

I find it strange only these 3 programs die out. Other background apps I run such as CoreTemp and Rainmeter aren't affected (I would at least expect CoreTemp to disappear since it's a monitoring program like Throttlestop and Process Explorer, but it manages to stay alive.

Anyone know the cause? I'm running Windows 8 Pro 64-bit.
post #2 of 7
If I'd have to guess, I would say OS-support on the developer's side is your problem here. I looked up Throttlestop real quick, and it doesn't list Win8 as being supported yet. That would also explain why programs like rainmeter work just fine.

If this is the problem, there's two things you can do:

- Make sure you're running the latest version of the application
- Run the apps in compatibility mode (win 7 should do, in most cases)

Hope this helps!
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post #3 of 7
ThrottleStop 5.07
http://www.mediafire.com/?d17r883uoe3u8qz

throttlestop507.png

Bitech: I have recently made some changes to ThrottleStop for improved system tray support in Windows 7 including a new Task Bar setting in the Options window so you can minimize ThrottleStop to the Task Bar.

The above version is a time limited beta. It should work OK but there are still a few features I am working on before the next official release is ready. I do not have access to a computer running Windows 8. I would appreciate it if you can give ThrottleStop 5.07 a try and let me know if it fixes the system tray issues you are having. Make sure you unzip ThrottleStop into its own folder so it can save the system tray settings in the ThrottleStop.INI file. Thanks for your help.

If you are still having problems, open up the Task Manager and see if ThrottleStop is running in the background.
Edited by unclewebb - 3/8/13 at 8:51am
post #4 of 7
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I tried out ThrottleStop 5.07

It managed to work ONCE. What I liked about it was the CPU temperature and frequency numbers weren't "Stuck" to the Throttlestop icon (they can be moved anywhere in the system tray without dragging the throttlestop icon and other monitor number with it)

After that the icons never seemed to show up again. The process WAS showing in task manager/process explorer and was still able to bring it to the front, but even with the system tray options ticked in the options window the program still sticks to the task bar even after "closing" the window".
I've already tried restarting explorer.exe and Windows itself. Problem is still the same (Windows 8 exlorer has its own problem of several icons disappearing after restarting its process.)

I went back to 5.00 whose problem is mostly solved with its easy shortcut in the quicklaunch.
post #5 of 7
Did you go into the Control Panel - Notification Area Icons app and check off the "Show icon and notifications" for all of the ThrottleStop icons? When testing, if you use a white font, the temperature icons can get lost against the white background in the Show Hidden Icons area.

I will try to get my hands on a computer running Windows 8 some day to better understand the problems you are having.

Thanks for your feedback.
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Originally Posted by unclewebb View Post

Did you go into the Control Panel - Notification Area Icons app and check off the "Show icon and notifications" for all of the ThrottleStop icons? When testing, if you use a white font, the temperature icons can get lost against the white background in the Show Hidden Icons area.

I will try to get my hands on a computer running Windows 8 some day to better understand the problems you are having.

Thanks for your feedback.

Yes I did try checking to show the notifications, but I get the "This notification icon is currently not active" message popup.

And I'm aware of the white font of the icons against the white background; I checked for those too. Still nothing.
post #7 of 7
I found my developer build of Windows 8 and it is still working so I can have a better look at this problem now. Thanks for your help.

Edit: The bug you found seems to be caused by icons from the previous ThrottleStop 5.00 version.

I ran the Notification_Area_Cleaner.bat file to clean out the Notification Area Icon cache and the icons for ThrottleStop 5.07 seem to be working correctly in Windows 8 so far.

http://www.7tutorials.com/how-clean-notification-area-icon-cache

This bat file works in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Scroll to the end of the article to find the download link to the Notification_Area_Cleaner.zip file.

ThrottleStop 5.10
http://forum.notebookreview.com/hardware-components-aftermarket-upgrades/531329-throttlestop-guide-154.html#post9122325
Edited by unclewebb - 3/14/13 at 12:56am
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