After you restart a Windows XP-based computer, the desktop is displayed upside down

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After you restart a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, the desktop is displayed upside down.
To resolve this problem, change the settings on your graphics card so that the desktop reverts to its standard appearance. To do this, follow these steps.

Note The following steps are designed for an Intel graphics card. These steps may be different for a graphics card from another manufacturer. For more information, see the documentation for your graphics card.
  1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
  2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab, and then click Advanced.
  3. Click the Graphic Properties tab, and then click HotKey.
  4. Hold down CTRL+ALT, and then restart the computer. Or, click to select the Disable HotKeys check box, and then restart the computer.
This problem may also be caused by a virus that is named "joke_flipped." If the procedure in the "Resolution" section does not work, visit the following Trend Micro Web site, and then follow the instructions to perform a virus scan:Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

Article ID: 915164 - Last Review: 12/09/2015 04:48:20 - Revision: 1.1

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