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After you exit Age Of Empires II, the desktop wallpaper may shrink and appear in the upper left corner of the Windows desktop instead of appearing in its original size and orientation (like before you started the game). Additionally, some or all desktop icons may not be visible.
Users who are running Microsoft Windows XP must upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 to resolve this issue. For additional information about how to download Windows XP Service Pack 2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://update.microsoft.comWindows 2000 users can follow these steps to work around this problem, open the Display Properties dialog and change the Picture Display setting to a different value. This forces the operating system to redisplay all deskop items in their correct locations. Each time you exit the game, you have to follow these steps:
Alternate WorkaroundTurn off Active Desktop to prevent this issue from occuring every time you exit the game.
Note: Turning off (disabling) Active Desktop prevents you from using some of the desktop wallpaper files that are supplied by Microsoft. Specifically, any JPEG (.jpg) wallpaper files are not displayed when Active Desktop is not turned on. You are limited to bitmap (.bmp) wallpapers only.
To turn off Active Desktop, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
Article ID: 813909 - Last Review: January 11, 2015 - Revision: 5.0