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 PostPost subject: Windows Irritaion        Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:48 am 
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hi all,

i was wondering if somebody made a program that would re-set the pointer shadow upon the exit of a program, such as a game.

I know the pointer shadow isn't much, but it just irritates me for some reason.


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Is it constant? I mean, does it happen every time you close a program?
Which OS do you have?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:12 am 
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only when i close certain games (for instance far cry 2), or full screen 3D apps. It does the same thing on xp and vista, ive learned to live with it by checking it in the advanced>performanc>settings tab again when i get done, but its just annoying.

Im running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 tweaked to run as a desktop.


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inxsfan92 wrote:
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only when i close certain games (for instance far cry 2), or full screen 3D apps. It does the same thing on xp and vista, ive learned to live with it by checking it in the advanced>performanc>settings tab again when i get done, but its just annoying.

Im running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 tweaked to run as a desktop.


Hmm... I think it could be that those games change the mouse + some of it's settings and they may forget to reset the shadow back.
If this is the reason, then there's no solution, unless you want to modify the game xD!
I'm not sure, because I don't usually play at all, but that could be a probable reason.
Any other ideas people? Thanks!


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:27 am 
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I think that might be the reason

the lack of mouse pointer shadow just annoys me


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inxsfan92 wrote:
I think that might be the reason

the lack of mouse pointer shadow just annoys me

Can't you find a little mouse configuring app or make a script that will automatically reset that setting every minute or so?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:41 am 
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thats what i was asking about here

i havn't got a clue as what to search for


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:39 am 
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This used to happen to me on my old installation of Vista. I fixed it by downloading a pack that makes it so the actual pointer features shadow, so it's always there. I'm sorry but I can't remember the name, but it's out there.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:05 pm 
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I don't exactly know what is does but the name of this key sounds interesting:
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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\CursorShadow

There is an entry called DefaultActive which is to 1 at my computer but when I turn off the pointer shadow it doesn't change. :?


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this is kind of off topic but can someone tell me what process controls the cursor? its obviously a fast loading one because the cursor is the first thing you actually see that is interactive on the screen (except for boot menu)


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my guess would be explorer.exe or svchost


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I'm pretty sure that it's in Win32k.sys.


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inxsfan92 wrote:
my guess would be explorer.exe or svchost


ive killed those processes before, actually if you want to close all the windows processes in xp hit end process tree on the process SYSTEM and it closes all processes and items that can be without it crashing, the mouse is something that apparently must stay.

ill try to figure out for sure if its win32k


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inxsfan92 wrote:
my guess would be explorer.exe or svchost


ive killed those processes before, actually if you want to close all the windows processes in xp hit end process tree on the process SYSTEM and it closes all processes and items that can be without it crashing, the mouse is something that apparently must stay.

ill try to figure out for sure if its win32k


that'd be cool


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was never able to figure out if it was indeed in win32k for sure but after you close the system process you only use 150mb ram of you reopen explorer.exe form the task manager


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could it be in the kernel?


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AFAIK the mouse cursor is something done by hardware. The OS loads a bitmap into memory and tells the graphic card to use it. The processor time it takes up when you move the mouse is needed by the OS to react to the pointer movements (e.g. change the mouse pointer), not to move the pointer. Correct me if I'm wrong.


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