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How to make mouse in Windows 7 act the same as Windows XP

How to make mouse in Windows 7 act the same as Windows XP

In Windows XP using TweakUI I could enable an option so that when my mouse goes over an inactive window, it makes that window the active window. There is also another separate option so that if the window becomes active, it automatically becomes the topmost window.

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Guest [Entry]

"Thanks Phoshi for your answer. Since I stumbled on this link from a google-search I'm going to fill in some of the information missing from here and give a complete step-by-step guide for it:

To get X-mouse working from a Vanilla Windows 7 install:

Open the Control Panel
Choose ""Ease of Access""
Choose ""Change how your mouse works""
Tick the box next to ""Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse"" and hit ""OK"".
Open regedit
Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferenceMask - change the first byte only, you need to subtract hexidecimal 40 from value that is there (eg DF becomes 9F) - this disables Auto-raise on Activate
Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ActiveWndTrkTimeout - change its value to something small. Lower values will make it more difficult to use floating temporary windows (such as the taskbar notification area widget) because they disappear of something else gets focus as you move to them, but lower values also improve responsiveness. You might start with 250ms and tweak it from there.
Log out, log back in, et voila,...

Steps 1-4 were mentioned in passing in the question, but not enumerated.

Steps 5-8 are exactly what Phoshi said."
Guest [Entry]

"Right then!
Open regedit, and let's get to work.


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferenceMask

into 9F 3E 07 80 12 00 00 00

Then change

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ActiveWndTrkTimeout

to 0 (you might have to switch the datatype to decimal).

Then log out, log in, and (hopefully) enjoy your window switching!"