I have a new HP Mini Note running Windows 7 Starter. It mostly stays on the desktop with an external widescreen and whenever I'm not using it I close the lid, thus putting it to sleep.
Now more often than not (but not always) when I next open the lid all my work comes up on the built-in LCD instead of the external monitor and I have to alt-tab to the desktop, right-click on the desktop, choose "Screen resolution", from the "Multiple displays" dropdown select "Show desktop only on 2", then click on OK.
Shouldn't Windows always (rather than just sometimes) remember that it should default to the external monitor? Could it be due to plug-and-play not detecting the external monitor quickly enough? I'm using a VGA connector to a generic (Chimei) 1680x1050 LCD with a "Certified for Windows Vista" sticker.
The answers to this question provide some very convenient workarounds but now my computer often wakes up in the mode where the external monitor and built-in screen are cloned, which still results in my windows being resized. Shortcut to Windows 7 Screen resolution setting other than by right-click on the desktop