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Wednesday 12 October 2022

On my windows10 gaming machine I often has this problem were I’m playing a game in fullscreen and it’s minimized randomly, no other application appears on the screen.

I thought that this must be another application stealing the focus from the game, but I had no way of verifying my claim so I had to write a small script that runs in windows powershell ISE that prints the focused window all the time and the window process.

Add-Type @"
  using System;
  using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
  public class Tricks {
    public static extern IntPtr GetForegroundWindow();

    $a = [tricks]::GetForegroundWindow()
    get-process | ? { $_.mainwindowhandle -eq $a }
    sleep 1

And guess who was the criminal? it was Origin store, the single application that I can’t close because the it’s required to run the game itself.