1. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #1

    Virtual Desktop malfunction


    Hello all. I hope you all are doing well. It's been awhile since I have seen inside of these walls, but here I am, with a head-scratcher. My wife's laptop, according to her, "removed all of the desktop contents by itself." After doing some digging, the content is still there, it's just spread across four different desktops. Devices and Printers shows four "Generic Non-PnP" monitors, Device Manager shows the same, with the addition of the physical LCD, and accessing the Windows display settings shows four different screens as well. Using the Task View does not pull up the different screens and using the keyboard shortcuts yield additional frustration.

    So far, the only way I have been able to successfully access the other displays is by changing the default display to the one I wish to access. While doing this, I did manage to lock myself out of even being able to see the screen and had to do a system restore. SFC shows no errors, all drivers, Windows and BIOS are up to date. Running current Avast Premier.

    Your assistance is appreciated.

    James
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  2. Joined : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 630
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1607
       3 Weeks Ago #2

    I have to ask, can you do a restore to point further back, before all this started, say a week before it started.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,903
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #3

    You probably ended up with multiple desktops:

    How to use multiple desktops in Windows 10 - CNET
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  4. Joined : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 3,729
    Windows X (various flavours)
       3 Weeks Ago #4

    Don't think these are virtual desktops (you probably can't switch between them with WIN+arrow).

    Go to device manager and try to uninstall them. Reinstalling graphic card drivers wold be fine, too.

    Some update... Found some more similar threads involving Dell and HP laptops. Different solutions (down to hardware problems).
    Try to disable display port in BIOS or Device manager.
    Also check to see if any display enhancing app was installed.
    Last edited by AndreTen; 3 Weeks Ago at 17:07. Reason: update
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