for your first problem.. if you exit savage and the theme changes back.. this probably happens because you're running savage in 16 bit colors?
After years of troubleshooting all sorts of issues, you'd think I woulda checked that. That indeed fixed the windows basic switch, thanks.
and for your 2nd.. hmmm, have you tried switching to savage by pressing the "windows" button and tab ?
Windows key, alt+tab, win+tab, ctrl+esc... no form of tabbing in/out changes anything. I tried running savage in various compatibility modes, RAA, etc. It's just weird, when I alt+tab in the comm seat it tabs normally like a fullscreened game would, but the mouse won't stay inside when I move it to the right edge, it just continues to my other monitor.