Using Process Explorer to Clobber Phantom Windows

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I’ve noticed a lot, particularly in Windows 8, that I get phantom windows. Perhaps the application wanted to create an invisible window but for some reason it gets displayed. This is very annoying, especially when it sits permanently on top of other windows like this little example here.

Very Annoying Always On Top Window

Thankfully there’s a quick and easy way to get rid of them using the rather handy Process Explorer from TechNet.
At the top of the app are several buttons, one of them looks a bit like a targeting system and is labelled "Find Window’s Process"

Find Window's Process

Simply drag that button onto the offending window and drop. Process Explorer will then highlight the process responsible, which you can deal with.

Identifying the Offending Window

In this case it was Outlook and simply restarting the application fixed the problem.
Very Annoying Window Gone!