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iTunes ( steals window focus every 60 seconds

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Nov 24, 2012 6:27 AM

Extremely annoying - I have been using itunes for about 3 years and have had every version update since I started, so I'm not sure why it has started happening now.


Even trying to type this question out is annoying as every 60 seconds my cursor flicks over to the itunes window and screws up my typing.


Any ideas?


I have seen similar problems in the forums going back years but I've never encountered it myself before.




Windows 7
  • Kneil31 Level 3 Level 3 (570 points)

    Give some information. Is your iPod , iPad, iPhone plugged in?

    Does it show any messages.

    If iTunes is trying to sync, look to see if theres a message on device.

    What is iTunes trying to do?

  • Redmace Calculating status...

    If you can't figure out if a program is causing the issue, I have found a fix that works for me using  iTunes v. and Windows 8

    The fix however eliminates ANY program from stealing focus in windows.  Which I prefer anyway.  This means that you will have to pay attention to your desktop bar or start menu for flashing.  This will let you know the program is asking for your attention.


    1. Open Regedit
    2. Browse to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\
    3. Change “ForegroundLockTimeout” to “30d40”  (make sure this is in HEX not Decimal)
    4. Restart your Computer.

    For those of you worried about messing with your registry, it is a serious thing to do and it should NOT be taken lightly, Here’s the Page from Microsoft telling you what the key is so you know this is legit fix.  I always recommend backing up your registry and creating a save point BEFORE making any changes.


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