FIX: Windows 10 minimizes all windows

By: Elsie Otachi
6 minute read

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If you find Windows 10 minimizes all windows as you work on your computer or laptop, try the solutions listed below to fix the problem.

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  1. General troubleshooting
  2. Turn off Tablet mode
  3. Boot in Safe Mode with networking then perform an SFC scan
  4. Run the Microsoft Safety Scanner
  5. Create a new user profile
  6. Uncheck Interactive services detection setting
  7. Disable Aero Shake using Registry Editor
  8. Disable the Microsoft Consumer Experience with the Local Group Policy Editor

1. General troubleshooting

  • Run an antivirus scan as a safety spot check. For better performance, scan your computer or device because it has been noted that after using Windows 10 for a couple of months, system performance may be affected and you may get other app errors. To enhance your computer’s speed and performance, scan it after a specific interval, to maintain your computer and protect it from any types of errors.
  • Check your USB ports as sometimes a faulty USB connecting and re-connecting could lead to Windows 10 minimizing windows. A dodgy port could cause sudden de-connection so windows would not have time to pop up and the windows you open will be deselected

2. Turn off Tablet mode

Windows 10 has the Tablet Mode or Continuum feature which is specially designed for touch enabled devices like a tablet and others. Tablet Mode works like a bridge between your computer and the touch enabled device, so when it is turned on, all modern apps open in full window mode such that the main apps window is affected. This causes the automatic minimizing of windows if you open any of its sub windows.

To fix this, turn off Tablet mode using settings app by doing the following:

  • Click Start and select Settings

  • Click System

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  • Click Tablet Mode

  • Under When I sign in, select Use Desktop mode then close the window

  • Under When this device automatically switches tablet mode on/off, select Don’t ask me and don’t switch

  • Under Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode, slide to select OFF

  • Under automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode, slide to select OFF

Once you do this, the Windows 10 minimizes all windows issue will be resolved.

3. Boot in Safe Mode with networking then perform an SFC scan

This starts Windows in safe mode, including the network drivers and services you need to access the internet or other computers on the same network.

  • Restart your computer
  • When the sign-in screen is displayed, hold down SHIFT key while you select Power then Restart
  • After the computer restarts to Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot

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  • Click Advanced options

  • Click Startup Settings

  • Click Restart
  • Once it restarts, you will see a list of options. select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking

Once you’re in safe mode with networking, perform an SFC scan. This lets you scan your computer system for any corrupt files and fixes these corruptions in the system files. To do this:

  • Click Start and type CMD in the search bar
  • Right click Command Prompt in the search results and select Run as administrator
  • Type sfc /scannow and press enter
  • If there are no errors from the scan, restart your computer and see if the Windows 10 minimizes all windows issue recurs.

4. Run the Microsoft Safety Scanner

This is a free downloadable security tool for on-demand scanning, which helps remove malware, and collaborates with your existing antivirus software. However, you need to use it within 10 days after downloading it, after which it will expire. In order to rerun a scan with the latest antimalware definitions, download and install it again. If you run the virus scan without reinstalling Microsoft Safety Scanner, the program will be deleted, and any infected files and folders can also get deleted.

5. Create a new user profile

A corrupt user profile can cause Windows 10 to prevent any access to files or folders, hence minimizing all windows. You need to create a new user account (local) to resolve this. Here’s how:


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  • Click Start and select Settings
  • Select Accounts

  • Click Family and Other people

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  • Click Add someone else to this PC

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  • Fill in the form with the user name and password. Your new user account will be created.
  • Click on Change account type
  • Click the drop down arrow to set the account to local user level
  • Restart your computer

Login to the new account you just created and see if the problem goes away. If it does, your old profile is corrupted, so to fix it, do the following:

  • Use the newly created user profile to downgrade your usual account
  • Click Apply or Ok
  • Raise back your old profile to its default admin level
  • Rinse and repeat a few times to remove any corruption
  • Leave your account on as Administrator

6. Uncheck Interactive services detection setting

  • Right click Start and select Run

  • Type msconfig and press enter or click OK
  • Press ALT+D together and press enter so as to configure the system for a diagnostic startup
  • Reboot and check if the issue is gone
  • Right click Start again and select Run
  • From the menu bar, select Services

  • Find Interactive services detection and uncheck its box

  • Click Apply and OK
  • Go to Task Manager and click Show processes from all users
  • Look for the same Interactive services detection and end the process
  • Restart your computer

Turn off/Disable Aero Shake feature

Aero Shake is a Windows 10 feature that can sometimes cause Windows 10 minimizes all windows problem, but you can turn it off from the Registry editor or Group Policy editor.

7. Disable Aero Shake using Registry Editor

Note: The steps outlined here for Registry Editor must be followed carefully because any incorrect modifications to the registry may cause serious damage to your computer. Before making any changes, backup the registry for restoration in case of any problems.

  • Right click Start button
  • Click Run
  • Type regedit in the Run box
  • Click OK or press Enter
  • If a password or administrator permission is required, click Yes or Allow
  • Find and select this registry subkey: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced

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  • Create a new value in the Advanced key by right clicking Advanced key
  • Select New> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name the new value DisallowShaking .
  • Double-click the new DisallowShaking value to open its properties window
  • Change the value from 0 to 1 in the Value data box
  • Click OK and close Registry Editor. The changes should reflect immediately

Note: If you want to reverse the change later, you can go back into Registry Editor and either set the DisallowShaking value back to 0 or delete the value altogether

8. Disable the Microsoft Consumer Experience with the Local Group Policy Editor

If you’re using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, disable Aero Shake from the Local Group Policy Editor.

  • Click Start and in the search bar type gpedit.msc and press enter
  • In Local Group Policy Editor, go to the left pane and find User configuration

  • Click and select Administrative Templates

 

  • Click Desktop

  • Find Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture and double click on it

  • In the properties window that opens, select the Enabled option and click OK.
  • Exit the Local Group Policy Editor.

Note: To enable Aero Shake again, just follow the same procedure and set the “Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture” option back to Disabled or Not Configured.

Were you able to fix Windows 10 minimizes all windows problem using these solutions? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues with Patended Technologies (requires upgrade).

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