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Windows XP’s Repulsive “Hidden ToolTip” Bug… Fixed!

(UPDATE: ToolTipFixer 1.0.1 released with fixes for some bugs)

Press Start | Programs; and right-click on “Accessories,” then press “Open.” Close the window that opens up, then go to your taskbar (next to the system clock) and hover over an icon, what do you see?

Ever since Microsoft invented the Windows Shell with explorer.exe back in the days of Windows 95, there’s been a bug that’s gone from one version of Windows to the next; and with each upgrade it became worse and worse – until Vista where it only rears its ugly head every once in a while instead.

Everyone that has used a Windows PC must have seen this bug before – it’s that ubiquitous (not that Microsoft would admit it for 10 long years):

Windows has been plagued with this bug since 1994, and only in 2006 did Microsoft officially acknowledge its existence in Windows XP SP2 – where it recurred so often it was impossible to deny. But what did they have to say?

To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:

• Log off and then log back on to the current account.

• Restart your computer.

Oh yeah, that’s easy…. Let’s just write down all the URIs to the tabs open in IE, save all our Word Documents, wait until we reach the next checkpoint in the game we’re playing, wait for that download to finish, then reboot…. Then wait for 5 minutes while loads up and spend another half-hour returning to where we were before we left off. How convenient!

To reproduce this bug… all you have to is open the start menu, right click an entry in the fly-out menu (like “Accessories” or “Photoshop”) and press “Open” – instead of single-clicking it – and your tooltips will be rendered useless!

Since Microsoft is obviously too busy to come up with a patch in 13 years, we decided to do what we can – and in a couple of hours we had a working patch that addresses this issue for once and for all, and it’s small, safe, fast, pain-free, and easy to remove. 

Enter NeoSmart Technologies’ ToolTipFixer!! ToolTipFixer is our first patch for Windows to address issues that Microsoft should have answered long ago, and since this is version 1.0.0, it may very well have some bugs, but in 2 days of testing we haven’t had any issues with it whatsoever. If you find anything, please do let us know.

Download ToolTipFixer v1.0.1

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Now, does this look clean or what?!

Erwin Ried has a similar solution as well here.