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Screen automatically resizing

I really hope someone can help. I am running Windows 10 since it was first introduced, on an Acer Aspire 5551 , with no problem. Yesterday, when browsing, the screen reduced in size. When I did a restart, I had a full screen, but it was stretched, i.e. circles became oval, the typeface was enlarged and not as clear as normal. If I restore to an earlier time/date, it goes back to normal, but after about an hour the problem re-occurs (I have done this numerous times). I have tried numerous suggested fixes to no avail. I would really appreciate any suggestions to solve this problem.

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Clarification Request
You left out your fixes.

For example this to me means the person who installed Windows may have tried to avoid BIOS and drivers that apply to this machine. That is, if we install or upgrade Windows we have the usual work to perform. This work has not changed since about 1995.

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Left out fixes

Thanks R. Proffitt. My laptop was bought with Windows 7 installed. When the free Windows 10 was rolled out in 2015, I upgraded and everything has worked fine for the last two years. All updates are applied automatically. Suggested fixes were changing the resolution and other settings in device manager, holding the Fn key then pressing the space bar numerous times, carrying out system restore, none of which fixed the problem. I did see a registry fix, but I am not confident enough to go through this process.

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My view is

From dealing with a lot of machines. That is, if I see this and want to avoid a clean install I do the usual BIOS, drivers and apps specific to the model install.

I'll also test in another user (admin capable) account.

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Royjen

I have same problem. My Techie son says it is a 10 update that is causing the problem.

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I don't disagree.

I find this happens a lot when folk get drivers from Windows update. The issue dates back to about 1995 and having dealt with it far too times the problem is that for each PC I have to find the maker's drivers from BIOS, drivers and maker's apps to correct it.

Again, many of today's owners are not ready to do the work. You can't tell them the exact steps, only general guides. If you want exact steps, you get back to the maker.

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Screen display automatically resizing

I have the same problem. I've also been using Windows 10 since the start. I did not install new software, to my knowledge. I was working online when my display changed suddenly. One other thing also changed. I no longer have a "sleep" option on my power button. It suddenly disappeared. (Did not have a "hibernate" option either, but I found a tutorial that showed me how to incorporate a Hibernate command on the power button.

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check your display resolution settings?

Did you reload the graphics drivers for your computer's motherboard?

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Widows did it again!!!

After the final reboot of Windows update it deleted my graphics app(AMD Catalyst Control Center.) and my screen had giant icons. It also affected my search engine, video and music player, and other apps. It shut down my apps and I was unable to open them, and was told windows did not any longer support them. I am running Windows 10 pro, AMD mother board, separate graphic card (not sure) with its own memeory. This is not the first readjustment to my monitor settings and the last times it was easy to reset to default but with window deactivation of the app there was no other way to fix it. Now I don't have the updates because I did a system restore(everything back as it was) and all is well. How do I get the updates individually that I want without affecting my apps and programs. Just what is necessary not what Windows decides I want on MY computer? Thanks for any help that you can provide.

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are you Manclady?

Seems I left to linux just in time to avoid all this. No updates unless I want them. Total stability after getting it set up. Never regretted it either.

I don't know what Windows 10 is up to lately, they seem to have a lot more update problems than in any other previous version.

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asking if I am Manclady

no I am amberfilly1

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Please don't hijack discussions.

Manclady started this and you can use the info here. If you want to work this another way or there is some other PC involved you should create your own discussion.

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They will keep pushing it to you
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Guessing

I have a guess, I think this is happening because of an installation of a software. If you recently installed any software, then maybe this is occurring because of that. So, you better uninstall it or restore your computer from a recovery point.

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Found problem

Thanks for everyones input. The problem is with Windows 10 updates removing drivers. Thats what I dislike about Windows 10, no control to choose the updates you want.
Thanks again everyone !

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Drivers?

How do I reinstall the removed drivers? I did a restore and it didn't work.

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Hi Albert

I didn't. My husband went out and bought me a Chromebook, so no more Windows for me. I believe if you find our the make and model of your graphics driver, you can install it from the manufacturers website. I will be giving this a try myself when I've got used to my new machine. Sorry I couldn't be more help, hope you sort it.

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obsolete monitors

the same thing is happening to my samsung 943bwx(200Cool after much useless work I found that with the recent update windows 10 has declared my monitor obsolete, software and drivers not from windows will no longer work(windows wont let you install them) so now my 19"wide screen thinks its a square 19" my only course forward is a new monitor.

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