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Windows 7: Windows shifting back to primary monitor when switching users.

17 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows shifting back to primary monitor when switching users.

I run a dual monitor setup, and I use two user profiles and switch between them throughout the day. I set up both user profiles identically, which is as follows:

In each profile, I run multiple instances of Internet Explorer 9, so I have four or five Internet Explorer windows open with multiple tabs open within each window. I keep two IE9 windows open on my left monitor, and three open on my right monitor. I also have MS Word and MS Excel open on my left monitor, and two notepads open on my right.

When I click on Start and switch user accounts, if I go back into my first user account, my windows will have either moved off screen somewhere, or they will have moved to the first monitor. The behavior is inconsistent in which windows are shifted around, but the windows end up moving none the less, and it ruins my work flow. I spend all my time setting up the windows back to their 'correct' positions.

Switching users to the 2nd user account will cause the same consequences with the windows set up on the 2nd account, thus defeating the purpose of utilizing multiple profiles to make work more efficient.

I recently switched to Windows 7 on a new computer. My "old faithful" has Vista 64 does not exhibit the window shifting issue.

I am running a new 2nd gen sandybridge system, with an asus h67 motherboard and an i7-2600. I have 16 gigs of ddr3, and Win 7 64 Home Premium. I have an ATI Radeon HD 6570 running both monitors, with the latest video drivers installed. I've encountered this issue with and without ATI Catalyst suite installed and with/without Ultramon installed.

I don't want to revert back to Vista 64 just because it will be a lot of downtime to install and transfer my profiles again on the new machine, and I'd like to stay on the most current OS regardless, but I may have to switch back to Vista if this is a known issue on 7. We use dual monitor Win7 setups at the company I work for (my day job), and Ive verified 3 of my coworkers also have this issue. I also replicated this issue myself on one of the work Win 7 comps. Is there a solution?

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19 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

After doing a ton of research and then replicating the issue on a number of Win 7 systems, I'm giving up on this OS for dual-monitor business use and going back to Vista 64. I really wanted to work with Windows 7, but I've exhausted my efforts.

I tried a number of third party window management utilities and software, but they either are too tempermental and don't work consistently, or work great but mess up something else (like slow Adobe Flash performance with one window management app). It's all too gimmicky. It's really sad that such basic and expceted functionality is nonexistent in a newer version of an OS. Two steps forward, one step back.

Here is a really long thread on another forum which addresses the issue. The first post in the thread was made in January of 2010, and the thread is still going. Kinda depressing that the issue won't be addressed by MS.
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