How do I enable X Windows-Style auto-raise?

A. Is it possible to configure windows so when you move the mouse over a window it will come into focus:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
  3. If the value ActiveWindowTracking exists goto step 4, otherwise select New - DWORD Value from edit value and enter a name of ActiveWindowTracking (watch the case).
  4. Double click on the value and set to 1. Click OK
  5. Close the registry editor
  6. Logoff and on for the change to take effect

An undesirable side-effect of this is when turning on X-Windows-style auto-raise, Netscape Navigator button-based menus (ie, for bookmarks, etc) do not work at all because auto-raise causes somewhat of an infinite loop between the browser and its menus (which are implemented as windows).

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