So I've had this problem for months now, been back and forth with Stardock technical support and nothing they suggest seems to fix it. I've used Windowblinds for years and apart from one issue with UAC a few years ago I've never had any big problems with it. But at the end of my tether I've disabled it this morning as I simply cannot fix this issue.
Basically what happens is my taskbar keeps locking up. By locking up I mean I click the icons and nothing happens, I can't peek at a program (by hovering the mouse over it) I can't open the notification area (system tray) or open the Start 8 Start Menu by clicking on it (though pressing Windows key does sometimes work). It will stay like this for several minutes sometimes, before returning to normal. While in this state, one or more of my taskbar icons will flicker as if being clicked rapidly, but no windows will move on the desktop (unless I move them myself, I mean).
Nothing else willl lock up on the PC, I can still alt-tab through windows for instance, but it's just become too frustrating.
Please, I can't be the only user in the world experiencing this, can anyone suggest what might be causing it.
OS Name Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro
Version 6.3.9600 Build 9600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name W8-GAMES
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model X58A-UD5
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz, 3059 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. FD, 01/02/2011
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BIOS Mode Legacy
BaseBoard Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
BaseBoard Model Not Available
BaseBoard Name Base Board
Platform Role Desktop
Secure Boot State Unsupported
PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume3
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.3.9600.16408"
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 12.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 12.0 GB
Available Physical Memory 7.68 GB
Total Virtual Memory 13.8 GB
Available Virtual Memory 8.43 GB
Page File Space 1.81 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Virtualisation Enabled in Firmware Yes
Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes
Graphics card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Driver version 332.21
3 Monitors (1x Dell SP2039W 2048x112 and 2 x Samsung Syncmaster 204B 1600x1200)
Other software of note - Directory Opus, Rainmeter, Multiplicity, Deskscapes, VirtualBox, Thunderbird, Firefox, Trillian, Yoono Desktop, OpenOffice (that's what I'd typically have running in a day working at my PC anyway)
PC passed the SFC test, no corrupted OS files
If anyone's experienced anything similar to this please let me know, even if you didn't solve it, maybe we can find a common factor and narrow down what might be the cause!