Windows 7 docking station dual monitor display - does not save settings

original title; Windows 7 docking station dual monitor display

I have a laptop that is currently on a docking station with extended dual display setup.  There is a 22 inch monitor and the laptop as the secondary display.  When I undock it, it reverts back to single which is great.  But when I dock it back on it will revert to duplicate display mode and not save the extended mode.  I have to manually change the settings to extended every time.  I have read that Windows 7 defaults laptop screen settings to duplicate and desktops screen settings to extend.  Is there a way i can change the default laptop setting to extend.  Thank you. 

 

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Hi,

 

I am sorry to mention, but you cannot changethe default settings when you connect an external monitor to a laptop. Read the link given below which provides the same information.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Move-windows-between-multiple-monitors

 

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I have the same problem. Do you know if Windows is going to have the option to change the default settings in the future?

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I also have this same issue.  I wish to be able to set the default settings to extend rather than duplicate my desktop.  This is a major annoyance, and a significant reason for me to NOT upgrade my laptops.

Does Microsoft have any plans to update Windows 7 to have the same capabilities as Windows XP?

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Thank you for visiting the Microsoft Windows Community site. In an effort to focus more attention on your particular situation create a new thread here.  This will mitigate confusion caused by more than one posting about similar   topics, allowing us to focus on each customer individually

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This can be resolved by updating the external monitor driver to be specific by maker/model rather than the default "generic" driver.

 

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No, that does not work.  My monitor shows up as an HP ZR30 and this same thing happens to me, too.  All I need to do is logout and login again and Windows, after between 10 and 30 seconds of running the monitor correctly, abruptly decides to put me back into "Duplicate" mode.  It gives no warning and does not ask for confirmation.  This happens even if I am obviously working just fine, interacting with windows on the Extended screen.

It makes a total mess of things, windows resized, ugh.  Really annoying.

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The thread appears not to have been continued.  Also, we all seem to have a similar issue, so why force us to follow separate threads?

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Hi TanjB,

 

The creation of new threads allows us to focus specifically on your new issue. In this thread it was due not only to the age of the thread (as the Original Poster may not be monitoring and thus cannot help) Also this issue may not be the exact same if different hardware and software settings could be causing a slightly different issue.

 

Just checking though were you able to resolve the issue following Tom's reply?

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Did you also have the same issue on the Windows XP OS?

It appears this same issue also occurs on Windows XP machines as well.

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Hi, I usually get around this by just clicking 'detect' on the display settings screen in Windows 7. The previous extended screen settings get restored then without going through the procedures (in the link above) all over again. Hope this helps someone. Thanks!

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