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Desktop background disappears when you resume your computer from hibernation in Windows XP

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
When you resume the Microsoft Windows XP-based computer from the hibernation state, the background (wallpaper) may not show on the Windows desktop. If you press SPACEBAR with a mouse pointer when the screen changes to a black screen, the background may not show on your Windows desktop. However, if you press SPACEBAR when you log on to your Windows XP-based computer, the background (wallpaper) shows on the Windows desktop.
CAUSE
This issue may occur if you press SPACEBAR to resume your Windows XP-based computer from the hibernation state.
WORKAROUND
To work around this issue, after you log on to your computer, use one of the following methods:
  • Press F5.
  • Right-click the Windows desktop, and then click Refresh.
MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the F5 function key, click Start, click Help and Support, type windows shortcut keys F5 in the Search text box, and then click Start searching to view the topics returned.
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Article ID: 887238 - Last Review: 06/14/2006 17:27:19 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • kbprb kbtshoot KB887238
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