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SueDarte-8152 asked MikkelMuis-2048 commented

Ghost Window in Windows 11

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I upgraded to Windows 11 and now I have this constant Ghost Screen on my laptop display. If I hover over it, is shows a processing blue circle that never stops. I have no idea what it is and it never goes away. Any screen area under it can not be accessed. Very annoying.

Any ideas?
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I did the CTRL ALT DELETE to get task and restarted (RT CLICK) Windows Explorer Process and it worked. It occurred long after Windows 11 install at random....MERCY

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Thank you!! This has been bugging me since I upgraded to 11. Haven't restarted the machine to see if the problem comes back, but just knowing how to quickly get it fixed is nice. You are the man....

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I just restarted my pc and its fixed

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KevinBrown-7981 · Jan 20 2022 at 12:56 PM

Thank you, it worked. By far the best explanation with link. Ty

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You need to turn off a couple of taskbar animations ( Advanced System Settings -> Advanced -> Performance -> Setting ). I can't remember what animation exactly, but you can change in turn and find out which one is responsible for that effect.

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for some reason my drop down tabs are invisible, when i click on the dropdown, i can select the content, its only happening on my second monitor, when i drag to 1st screen, its shows content clearly?195689-drop-down-invisible.png


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1) Open administrative command prompt and type or copy and paste:

DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow

Post an image and / or indicate whether it displayed error 1168.


2) Place the computer in clean boot:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows-da2f9573-6eec-00ad-2f8a-a97a1807f3dd
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows-11-to-troubleshoot-software-conflicts.2787/


3) If the box still appears in clean boot then test using safe mode:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/start-your-pc-in-safe-mode-in-windows-92c27cff-db89-8644-1ce4-b3e5e56fe234
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/boot-to-safe-mode-in-windows-11.538/


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I ran the command and got this response:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.22000.1

Image Version: 10.0.22000.348


Error: 1168

Element not found.

The DISM log file can be found at C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log
There has been a Windows update since posting and now it appears to have disappeared.
So I'm not sure if I need to do anything more?

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The error 1168 indicates that there is no longer a rollback option.

That's great that the box disappeared during the update.

The thread can be marked solved.


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Hi,
I am facing the same issue and i have run the command you mentioned in your comments for other user and it still persist.

Same error code 1168

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LimitlessTechnology-2700 answered MickeyDoesIt-2329 published

Hello @SueDarte-8152

This shadow is a known issue with certain windows 11 devices and a simple update will sort this out. If the update doesn't sort this issue try running the SFC and DISM command and this will surely sort the Issue.

If none of them are helpful try the below steps
-Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command window.
- In the Run command search field, type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter to open the System Properties window.
-In the System Properties dialogue box, select the Advanced tab . under the Visual Effects tab, look for Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop and uncheck the option. Once it is done try restarting and see if that sorts the issue.

Hope this resolves your Query!!

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Guys, you don't need to struggle so hard running strange commands and having errors.

Just restart explorer. It works for me.

I have the same issue, and when it appears, just press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to start task manager, click the More Details button, find the Windows Explorer and click the restart button at the bottom.

Its Simple!

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A correct and uncomplicated answer that works!
1. Ctrl+Shift+Esc
2. Patiently scroll further down to windows explorer
3. right-click
4. select Restart



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This worked, thanks

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This is the correct answer that actually works. Thanks!

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AjasRehman-8980 answered SeanKirby-9870 published

That is the search widget failing for some reason. The ghost screen you see is the search widget stuck in a loop. This widget comes up whenever you hover over the search icon on the task bar in windows 11.

A quick and easy way to fix this is to bring up task manager, search for windows explorer under processes and restart it. That should reset the taskbar and everything else that runs off it. Hope that fixes the issue.

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"A quick and easy way to fix this is to bring up task manager, search for windows explorer under processes and restart it. That should reset the taskbar and everything else that runs off it. Hope that fixes the issue."

This is actually the worst answer ever. How do you expect people to know this? Do you think that windows users are all programmers?

This should be downvoted 1000 times.

The real answer is that WIndows 11 has a bug. Period. And that bug sucks.
Fix it.

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This is easy.
https://imgur.com/a/tDM3Wdj
(I can't attach the file because its too large)
By the way, to start the task manager, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard and click on "More Details".

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the link was perfect! it showed exactly what to do to resolve this annoying issue. thank you very very much!!!

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@KevinBrown-7981, you're what's wrong with the world.

Be better.

If you don't understand something, ask questions which others might be able to help answer instead of just complaining/criticizing without adding any value to the conversation.

@AjasRehman-8980's answer is excellent and fixed my problem.

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You're right, it is a bug. But while I wait for it to get fixed in an update, this is an adequate workaround.

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This is the answer that helped my solve my users problem. Thank you and good catch!

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This is the simplest answer to the question. It works 100%. Thank you.

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Perfect solution. Resolved the issue. Thankyou

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Hi PankajPathak-9998,

Error 1168 indicates that the default 10 day go back period no longer exists (the previous version has been deleted).

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1.open task manager
2.find windows explorer
3.right-click it
4.pick restart

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A correct and uncomplicated answer that worked for me
1. Ctrl+Shift+Esc
2. Patiently scroll further down to windows explorer
3. right-click
4. select Restart

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DonLekei-8493 answered

The problem seems to be that if you move the mouse over the search icon at exactly the right speed the search hover menu for the search icon crashes because you move off of the icon before it has finished it's animation and rendering.

The solution is:

  • Right-click on the task bar

  • Click on taskbar settings

  • Turn off Search (it is redundant anyways - just click Start and start typing to open the search box)


If you have the problem at the time, restart Windows Explorer as described in other posts here (Ctrl+Shift+Esc , press w (to jump to the "W"s), right-click on Windows Explorer, click Restart)

BTW (for beginners): I am using "right-click" as shorthand for secondary click which may be 2-finger click, 2-finger tap, long touch (or left-click if using a left-handed mouse) depending on your device.


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