Why does Sims 3 randomly minimize?

Rich Mc. September 1, 2012
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I have a Toshiba Satellite L755 with an A6 3400 with A6 Quadcore and 6520 integrated video card and have Windows 7 x64. I put Sims 3 on my laptop recently so my wife can play it and for some reason the game minimizes about every 5 or 6 minutes to the taskbar. I am not sure where to look in order to stop this from happening? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Ankush Gawade
    September 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    do you have something running in the background? like antivirus or a software update? it’s most likely minimizing because it wants to call your attention to something. check if there’s anything else running the the bottom right corner tab

  2. Abed Shalashtien
    September 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    If your using a free or cracked version of an antivirus , it might minimize any full screen applications in order to show notifications regarding an update or virus found however, the notification or may not appear, try putting the antivirus to gaming mode or deactivating it while playing.

  3. Vipul Jain
    September 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

    IDM does that for me.
    Are you running IDM in the background?

  4. ha14
    September 1, 2012 at 7:07 am

    try this microsoft solution
    http://support.microsoft.com/mats/games/en-us

    Right click on the shortcut and choose properties then under shortcut tab locate run and set to Normal Window

    maybe your antivirus has scheduled scan so can be a cause
    uninstall antivirus and play game if game do not minimize then either try again your antivirus or for look for another one.

  5. Dalsan
    September 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Many times it is running background services and programs like antivirus or task scheduler for things like Outlook to try to refresh the inbox at certain intervals and may need to be disabled during game play to stop the minimizing from happening. You can try IOBit Game Booster to disable some services and programs before playing games, then turn off Game Booster when finished to see if it helps, but definitely check your task scheduler to see if you can disable any tasks that are not necessary. To check, open Task Scheduler by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Task Scheduler.? If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. You can use this guide to see if it can help you find a task that is scheduled fir every 5 minutes or so, and try to change the schedule to something less intrusive of other activities. http://www.7tutorials.com/advanced-users-task-creation-task-scheduler

    • Rich Mc.
      September 1, 2012 at 5:26 am

      thanks for the site and download information I will be checking out everyones suggestions in the morning..thanks

      • Dalsan
        September 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

        Here is the link for Game Booster. http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html The other link was for accessing and editing the Task Scheduler. If the Game Booster doesn't help with the minimizing problem, then at least games should run better.

  6. April Eum
    September 1, 2012 at 2:23 am

    do you have something running in the background? like antivirus or a software update? it's most likely minimizing because it wants to call your attention to something. check if there's anything else running the the bottom right corner tab

    • Rich Mc.
      September 1, 2012 at 2:40 am

      thanks I will check it out...

    • Bruce Epper
      September 1, 2012 at 2:59 am

      I have not encountered antivirus that will interfere with running software like that and software updates normally are not going active in such a manner every five or six minutes. In general, software updates will run daily. It may be minimizing because it is losing focus (many games do that and automatically pause when they are minimized). It will be a background process that is causing it though.When playing the game, are there any other programs open in the taskbar? Does closing them have any effect? Are there any gadgets running? Does closing the sidebar.exe process stop this behavior? How much extra crap is running in the notification area? Do you have sync functions running there (Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync)? If so, pause or close them and see if the behavior continues? Worst case scenario, open up msconfig (Start -> type 'msconfig' then Enter). On the General tab, choose the Selective start radio button and clear the checkbox next to 'Load startup items'. This will prevent almost all unnecessary process from starting. Reboot the computer and try the game again. Most likely this will keep the interfering program from running. For other programs to run properly, you may need to re-enable this.

      • Rich Mc.
        September 1, 2012 at 5:25 am

        I will try everyones ideas and let you know how it works out...thanks for the info

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