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I put my multi-monitor system to sleep when it's not in use. After I wake it up, all windows are repositioned to a different screen. The closest pattern I can think of is that the windows there were on the main screen switch to a the second screen. It looks like it disconnects the main screen before it goes to sleep which in turn switches all the windows to the 2nd or 3rd screen.

Edit: Here's the video card I'm using --> SAPPHIRE FleX 100322FLEX Radeon HD 6450

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You need to specify the graphics adapters you're using, this is probably their fault. – Shinrai Jul 25 '12 at 15:27
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The issue is most likely with the graphics driver. Whenever a single monitor is disconnected from a multimonitor setup in Windows, Windows will attempt to move everything from that screen onto the remaining screen(s). Usually, this will not occur when suspending/hibernating/shutting down the computer. Thus, it is probably because of the graphics driver doing one of the following:

  • 'Disconnecting' the monitors when you put the computer to sleep, so when Windows awakens, it must re-determine where to place everything.
  • Recognizing the monitors in a different order each time you bring the computer out of sleep, forcing Windows to rearrange your application windows.

Check to see if there is an update to your graphics driver by going to the chipset manufacturer's website.

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FYI: My drivers are from Intel, so I presumed they were signed and distributed with Windows Updates, but they were not. – Leo Oct 18 '15 at 11:49
Similar problem here. I have a Dell laptop with nVidia graphics adapter. Installing a newer driver from nVidia instead of the Dell driver fixed the problem. – Chris Jones Dec 17 '15 at 23:18
similar Problem here. latest OEM Intel HD 4600 drivers. may be I should check Drivers from PC Vendor (HP)? – Falco Alexander May 29 at 11:33

This is an old question, but if anyone arrives here with the same issue, I suggest trying the solution posted here:

I'm running Windows 8.1 with two 2560x1440 displays on DisplayPort. When waking from sleep, all my windows had been pushed to one display, and some of them resized. This fixes the issue for me; now all my window positions and sizes are preserved.

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This sort of works for me. I have a 4K monitor with 175% scaling and setting these makes it behave as though the simulated monitor is without scaling (windows are resized to a maximum of 100/175 of the screen size). – Ouroborus Jan 12 at 15:27

For me, this issue was happening with an ATI Radeon card and later exactly the same with a Nvidia GTX card.

I have found a work-around in and it was the only real solution for me.

Using Sysinternals ProcessMonitor I found that Windows was accessing the following Registry path; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers\Configuration

My system had three entries; DELF003YY7707BR0MUL_30_07D7_6A^9A3774EB79DEE3E3E38496CC7DF4D936 QHD32000001_31_07D6_D5^63E1ABDD175E7871DCAEB710418A0F75 SIMULATED_8086_2A42_00000000_00020000_1010100^CDE365D1B3F0942F0CF38BFB8E127AB4

Under each is a tree called "00" two of the keys are

Under "00" was another branch also called "00" two of the keys are;

The first two of the configs (ie DELF00... & QHD3...) the above keys were 1440x900, so they were not involved.

The third (SIMULATED...) were set to 1024x768.

I changed these to 1600x900 and the problem was solved.

Further I changed resolution (via control panel) to 1920x1080, the moving/resize issue returned, but the lower right corner was set to 1600x900, ie the SIMULATED... settings.

So for some reason one of the configs does not get set correctly.

I don't know why there are three configs, I have only ever used one monitor.

Hope this helps someone out there...

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Did you even read my answer saying it was a solution I found at (with the exact link to it actually)? – Francisco Zarabozo Jan 12 at 15:27
I got the issue after getting a new graphics card and monitor. What I did that seems to have solved it instead of changing resolutions was to delete it all (created a system restore first just in case). Deleted HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers\Configuratio‌​n and \\\Registry\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\DISPLAY. Rebooted, set up the monitors again and the issue was gone. – Wolf5 Jun 5 at 14:44

Usually this will be caused by the graphics driver not properly supporting sleep modes and therefore disabling the ability to detect a connected display when the computer goes to sleep.

Update your graphics drivers from the manufacturer to resolve the issue.

If the issue is still not resolved after updating the drivers, it may be due to an unusually reported display ID (EDID). You can usually force the detection of a monitor within the graphics driver control panel.

However if this is unavailable, you can use the Windows Resolution window to detect devices while the monitor is disconnected, then select the display which will report “Another Display Not Connected”, then under Multiple Displays, you can drop down and select “Try to connect anyway” which will broadcast a signal to the monitor over the port type you have selected (the signal will not be interactive), then connect the display which should interpret the signals sent to it properly.

The forced resolution will override detection of the screen and should persist through sleep.

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Same problem here with Windows 8.1 and Macbook Air 2013 (Intel HD Graphics 5000). I try everything. Finally I went to Intel updated with the latest drivers for my graphic card and the problem continues. Then I went to the graphics property, with my second display turn on in Multiple Display I choose 'Disconnect this display', then after the second display disconnected I select extend my desktop and the problem dissapear. Hope this works for you.

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I also have a Macbook Air 2013 with latest drivers and that didn't solve my problem. Do you any ideas how can I solve it? – arormoser Jul 8 '14 at 14:20

I think I found a workaround for this issue by combining the ideas from these posts.

(my PC is Windows 10 TH2, Intel HD4600 with HDMI port, Changhong 4k monitor)

Here is the procedure.

  1. Delete all extra registry entries under ...GraphicDrivers\Configuration and GraphicDrivers\Connectivity, leaving only the entry corresponding to my monitor (MST00301...)

  2. Before putting monitor to sleep, just type "WIN" + "D" combo key to minimize all desktop windows.

  3. After turning on monitor, type "WIN" + "D" again to restore all windows.

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I think Win+D is not needed. After deleting all the entries and restarting the pc the external monitor is added again to the registration. After that it seems to work as expected. Maybe windows was confused of to many different configurations. In my case I had 12 entries and now there are only 2:… – mgutt Apr 5 at 15:22

If your computer has Intel HD Graphics you have to set Extend Display options (and resolution settings) from the Inter Graphics Control Panel. If you do it from the Windows Display settings it will reset after you wake it from sleep mode. Here's a screenshot...

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Switching from 59/60Hz to 30Hz for Dell P2415Q 4K UHD on Intel 4600 connected with display's stock DP/mDP helped me - as Dell KB article says. It applies to UP3214Q and P2715Q too:

The issue didn't manifest on lower res QHD Dell U2515H + same video/PC

Registry keys removal and driver updates were not helping.

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In my case, with three 1920x1080 monitors arranged horizontally, it seems to have been fixed by going to the registry key mentioned in other answers (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers\Configuration), finding the key starting with SIMULATED, then changing all the values of 1920 under that key to 5760 (1920 times three, for the three monitors).

I'm guessing the SIMULATED key is used for when the PC goes to sleep, but Windows still needs to maintain a desktop in the process of going to/resuming from sleep, even when the actual monitor(s) may not report themselves yet.

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