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Windows 7: Windows 7 showing programs on a monitor that doesn't exist.

31 Mar 2012   #1

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Windows 7 showing programs on a monitor that doesn't exist.

I open a program and it opens on the monitor. I think restore the size, rather than having in maximum size.

The program disappears, but is still in the task bar.
I click on the program icon in the task bar to make it appear in the monitor, but the program shows to open on a non-existent monitor on the left of my monitor.

I have checked Display adapters in Device Manager and they are working ok.
I have checked Control Panel\Display\Change Display Settings and all looks ok.

Everything has worked find until recently. No real changes, however I suspect Microsoft Windows 7 is doing some dirty tricks after I have made multiple complaints about their poor customer support on the phones.

Previous issue possibly related:

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31 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

How old is that card? Have you downloaded the latest driver for it? Have you checked for a chipset and BIOS updates? Generally speaking when something screwy like this is going on a gpu driver update, and/or chipset BIOS update will fix the problem. Most of the time.
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31 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I'm not sure if you have checked this yet, but if you right-click your desktop and select screen resolution it shows you a good few options relating to multiple monitors. You should be able to disable one, its possible that your display output thinks there is a connection, as previous poster suggested updating drivers should do it but for quick fix check if you can disable the "other" screen.
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01 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)

Check this tutorial for the easy way to drag an off-screen window back onto your primary monitor.

It usually is caused by your going from a 2-monitor environment to a 1-monitor environment, or changing video cards which now have dual-heads even though you only have 1 monitor, etc.

Anyway, the above tutorial is just a few steps, and allows you to right-click on the Aero preview window and select MOVE, and then use your arrow keys on the keyboard to slide the actual window over from off-screen (invisible) onto your true primary monitor.

Does this resolve your issue?
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