Shadow box stuck on desktop

I have a shadow stuck in the middle of my desktop. It looks like there was some sort of window that had been open, then closed, but the shadow remained. I've completely restarted Windows, but the shadow remains in the same spot. I've turned off shadows completely, still nothing. I can click on the border of the shadow and it'll pop to the top of other windows, but otherwise I can't interact with it.  I attached a cropped image of my Desktop showing what I'm talking about. So far I haven't been able to find anyone else who has reported this issue before. I'm at a loss. 

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I realize that there is a shadow box stuck on the computer. I will try to help you with this issue.

Suggest you to boot the computer in a clean boot state and check if that helps. A clean boot state will help us to determine if any 3rd party service or application is causing this issue.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

Note: After you have finished troubleshooting, follow the steps under “How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot” in the article to boot to normal startup.

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I have this same issue.  Rebooting the computer gets rid of it but it's only a temporary fix, and it will happen again, and again.   What's more, sometimes the shadow is on top, sometimes it's on the desktop, which gets very irritating.
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I should also mention this issue seems to occur reliably after waking up from sleep mode.
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And it's happened again after playing a game.  Rebooting gets rid of it, but it shouldn't be happening so often in the first place.  Is anyone from Microsoft listening?  
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This has been a problem on my system, where sometimes, but not always, random application windows would leave their shadows on my desktop background which were very persistent, requiring a re-boot to get them to go away. It has been bugging me for years, and I tried many different things to prevent it, from updating the graphics drivers, to changing screen resolution, color, etc., On my system these only affect the background, never appearing over application windows, so they were a minor annoyance that I simply ignored until a re-start was required.

Finally, another forum (I apologize for not recording which one; I have looked at so many) offered a suggestion that worked for my system, equipped with Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate, running dual nVidia K5000 graphics cards.

This trick only clears the shadows that occasionally accumulate during normal use, and does not prevent them from re-occurring:

Right-click the desktop, select "Personalize", change the Windows theme to "High Contrast White", and then change the theme back to your favorite.

This worked for me, but your results may be different since a lot of tricks that worked for others didn't work for me; I suppose it has to do with the way Windows, the computer's chipset, and the graphics processors interact.

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