Windows 10: Virtual Desktop malfunction

  1.    01 Jan 2017 #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.

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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       02 Jan 2017 #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.    02 Jan 2017 #3

    You probably ended up with multiple desktops:

    How to use multiple desktops in Windows 10 - CNET
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  4. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       02 Jan 2017 #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; 02 Jan 2017 at 17:07. Reason: update
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