Screen Savers and Welcome Screens don't resize on resolution change

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Symptom

In certain scenarios where the screen resolution changes without user interaction (mouse or keyboard input), such as laptop lid closure with an external monitor attached, or an external monitor detached during standby, the screen resolution may be changed by the video driver.

If a screensaver or welcome screen is actively running during this scenario, the screen saver or welcome screen may be distorted and appear smaller or larger than the full screen resolution.

Cause



This issue happens because the welcome screen and default screensaver applications that shipped with Windows do not subscribe and react to changes in the display resolution and resize themselves accordingly. This is typically not needed, because the user scenarios to change the resolution without user interaction, thus keeping the screensaver running; are not very common.

Resolution



This is a display issue only and will be resolved upon user interaction such as moving the mouse or keyboard. Upon user interaction the screensaver and welcome screen will exit and resize accordingly on next start.

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Article ID: 959525 - Last Review: June 8, 2011 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business N
  • Windows Vista Business N 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Basic Beta
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic N
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Vista Home Basic N 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Home Premium Beta
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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