Random flickering/screen tearing in Windows

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by NewEonOrchestra, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. NewEonOrchestra

    NewEonOrchestra New Member

    Mar 30, 2010
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    I installed Windows 7 and it was working fine. However, a few days ago two things happened:

    1) Windows installed an update, and the icons at the bottom of the screen began to bring up small windows showing the folder/program, instead of simply just listing their names vertically, and

    2) Windows will suddenly flicker at seemingly random intervals. It's as if all windows are being minimized simultaneously so I can see the desktop background poking through for just the slightest fraction of a second. This happens even when I'm at the Windows 7 log in page.

    It's hard to say what causes the flickering. I've noticed that if I keep one window or application open long enough, the flickering stops, but when I tend to move between windows the flickering resumes. It's like Windows is trying to refresh too frequently.

    The problem is also particularly bad when I'm scrolling down through a long web page on Firefox.

    My malware scanners (McAffee, Spyware Doctor) come up clean.

    My graphics driver is the most recent build available.

    Does this problem sound familiar to anyone? I don't think this is a hardware problem; moving my screen around doesn't trigger it at all, and the fact it began after one particular update makes it seem like a software problem.

    Thank you very much!

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