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AMD Radeon Settings opens under other windows

Question asked by codexllll on Dec 16, 2018
Latest reply on Aug 14, 2019 by codexllll

Ok I searched these forums and the web I was surprised that I can't find any other reports of this issue.


When I open "AMD Radeon Settings" through right-clicking on the desktop and selecting it there, the AMD Radeon Settings window opens under other active windows. For example, if I have Firefox open, AMD Radeon Settings will open as I see it popping up on the task bar, but Firefox is still the topmost window, so in order to see Radeon Settings I need to additionally select the window from the taskbar to make it active too.

This isn't a Firefox issue, it happens with anything e.g. Word, Notepad, Windows Explorer, etc...


Surely I can't be the only one who has seen this? I know the Radeon Settings offers a setting in its preferences to enable "Always on top" but that's not what I want as this would forcefully mask other windows all the time. I only want it to open on top the first time when I launch the app.


Even more strange, if I close AMD Radeon Settings and re-launch it soon after, then it will launch and be on top of other windows, like I want it to be. But if I re-launch it after some time passed, then it appears under other windows again. I haven't precisely measured the time limit at which it launches under or over other windows, but I guesstimate this to be around 10 minutes:

- Launch AMD Radeon settings when you have other windows open --> It opens under existing windows, need to select it from taskbar to make it appear on top of existing windows.

- Close it and re-launch within maybe 10 minutes --> It opens on top of existing windows, as it should.

- Close it and re-launch after maybe 10-15 minutes have passed --> It opens under other windows again.



My specs:

AMD Adrenalin 2019 driver. 18.12.2

AMD RX Vega liquid

AMD CPU, Threadripper 1950X

Motherboard ASUS Zenith Extreme X399


Windows 10 1809 x64


I can't remember exactly in which version of the driver this started, but this has been happening for at least a year. Reported it to AMD support around 2 months ago but haven't heard anything and several driver releases went by without fixing.

I highly doubt this is an issue specific to my system or configuration because:

  • It happens on a fresh reformat and re-install Windows (which I do roughly on a monthly basis) and install nothing else than the AMD driver.
  • I had the exact same issue before I upgraded my system 6 months ago (I had an AMD 8350X CPU, AMD Radeon RX480 GPU, different motherboard, etc...) and obviously it was a different driver version back then too.