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Windows 7: Display Issues (Screen Refresh Problem?)

01 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Display Issues (Screen Refresh Problem?)

I've been using my notebook without any problems for the past six months, but just within these past few days, it's been giving me display issues. The problem I have occurs when I use the right-click menus. When I click on something from the right-click menu, that selection remains superimposed on the screen, and it stays there regardless of whatever I have displayed on the screen (full screen or partial). It's also funny that while everything is superimposed by the "artifact", my mouse cursor is the only display item that doesn't get covered on screen. I attached here relevant screenshots of what the problem looks like.

This annoyance happens only once (meaning, every right-click selection I make thereafter doesn't create more of the same type of artifact); however, the artifact won't disappear until I reboot (but the problem happens once again whenever I make a right-click selection).

Clicking "Refresh" in the desktop right-click menu doesn't make it go away. Putting an application or video player in full screen doesn't make it go away. Uninstalling/Reinstalling display drivers didn't fix the problem. The ONLY temporary fix I found that worked was to go into screen resolutions menu and temporarily changing to a different screen res and back to my native res. HOWEVER, as I've stated, this is only a temporary fix as the problem occurs again the next time I right-click select.

Does anyone know what this problem is caused by? I already performed some of the obvious troubleshooting methods, but nothing worked. Please let me know if there's a way to fix this problem- it's VERY annoying to deal with.

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01 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Try a system Restore to the point where it was operating safely last. If that fails, let us know about anything you've done in those past couple days differently from when your computer was operating normally at (That you can think of).
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01 Jan 2011   #3
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.

Try system restore, and also have you installed any programs the last week or so?
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20 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I have exactly the same issue. I bit of digging revealed IE9 (beta) -> Windows 7 (x64) -> Windows UI bug -> Workaround which details that the cause is IE 9, and offers a work around.

However this is only a work around, not a solution. It does work, but now lost a little bit of eyecandy - not a huge deal, but slightly irritating none the less. Hopefully a fix for this bug will be issued at some point.
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10 May 2011   #5

Win 7 Professional x64

I have the same problem. I don't particularly want to use that workaround.

I have noticed however, that they disappear when I watch something in NVidia 3D mode, which by default changes the windows 7 colour scheme. So going to Control Panel > Display > Screen resolution > Advanced settings > Monitor > Colors: and changing the setting there also removes it. I imagine there would be other settings which rerender the screen that solve it too.

Just a way to avoid rebooting. And yes, hope a fix comes out soon!
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