Hi all, I originally posted this to the Windows support forums, but they are slow to reply.

Problem: Clicking on icons in the taskbar do not bring them to the forefront of the screen. For example, Word is open, and I try to click on Chrome, and Chrome is brought up behind Word. The same thing happens when trying to click on Word while Chrome is open. This issue persists no matter what app or folder is open (for example, with File Explorer and Settings). Additionally, if I go to the start menu and click on something (such as Settings), it brings it up behind whatever other window is open.
Attempted solutions:

  • Closing all open tabs and programs and restarting the computer (did not work).
  • Uninstalling Chrome and reinstalling it (did not work). Hard restart of computer (did not work).
  • Ran System File Checker (found nothing and did not solve issue).
  • Went to registry>HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop>ForegroundLockTimeout>changed notation to decimal, then restarted computer (did not solve).
  • Booted computer in Safe Mode, as well as did a clean boot (did not work).

At first, the problem only came up when running Chrome. Initially, the reinstall of Chrome solved the issue, but a couple of days later, the problem started again, but with more applications than Chrome. I have concluded that it is definitely a problem with Windows, perhaps after the latest November update (which was quite large).
Computer: HP Notebook
Processor: AMD A10-9600P RADEON R5, 10 COMPUTE CORES 4C+6G 2.4 GHz with 6 GB RAM x64 based processor, with a 64 bit operating system
Windows edition: Windows 10 home, version 1709, build 16299.64