You enable the Auto-hide the taskbar option on a computer that is running Windows 7. For more information about how to enable this option, see the "More information" section.
In Control Panel, you configure both of the following power options in the Power Options item:
You configure the computer to turn off the display after a specified time.
You configure the computer never to sleep.
You minimize or close all the windows on the desktop. There is no open window on the desktop.
After the display is turned off as configured, you resume the display.
In this scenario, the display turns on immediately. But the display does not respond to any mouse or keyboard input. Therefore, you experience one or more of the following issues:
When you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen, the taskbar does not appear.
When you press the windows key, the taskbar and the Start menu do not appear.
When you click or double-click any desktop icon, there is no response.
Note The display will recover and begin to respond after some time, depending on how long the display is turned off.
The issue occurs because the Desktop Window Manager (DWM) keeps accepting draw requests from the client applications even when the display is turned off. These requests are accumulated and then processed when the computer comes back from an idle state. This behavior causes the graphics processing unit (GPU) to become so busy that any display-related operation becomes unresponsive.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
There are no prerequisites for applying this hotfix.
To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
In Control Panel, disable the Auto-hide the taskbar option in the Taskbar and Start Menu item.
Do not turn off the display.
Do not minimize or close all windows on the desktop. Keep at least one active window on the desktop.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
How to enable the "Auto-hide the taskbar" option
To enable the Auto-hide the taskbar option, follow these steps:
Right-click Start, and then click Properties.
Click the Taskbar tab.
Click to select the Auto-hide the taskbar check box to enable this option.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2005467 Windows 7 Desktop Temporarily Fails To Update After Resuming The Monitor
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Additional file information
Additional file information for Windows 7
Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7