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Search And Run Buttons In Xp Pro Are Missing!


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#1 webe123

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 03:42 AM

OK, this is very strange. The buttons for search and run are missing when you click the start button and the little screen pops up. Usually, they are right beside "log off"on the bottom of the little pop up screen when you click start...but they are missing now.

I right clicked on start, but could not find an option to put these two buttons back on there where they were.

Can someone give me a step by step on how to do this...I am sure something might be unchecked. (though HOW it got that way I do not know, they were working fine)

It is only a small problem, I know, but I do not want to have to reformat my computer just to get a couple of buttons back on there...LOL!

So can someone help me get these two buttons back on there? I use search a lot and that is why I ask. Otherwise it would be no problem.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 04:37 AM

Hey, webe123.

That's a bit of a noodle scratcher. Can you use keyboard shortcuts to access Search and Run?

Search: Windows Key + F
Run: Windows Key + R

If so, then it should be a simple process to get them back. If, so... well that should be simple too.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 04:50 AM

Hey, webe123.

That's a bit of a noodle scratcher. Can you use keyboard shortcuts to access Search and Run?

Search: Windows Key + F
Run: Windows Key + R

If so, then it should be a simple process to get them back. If, so... well that should be simple too.


Nope. Simply brings back up that same screen with the buttons missing, Thanks for the try though.

I DO know that a program I was using and then deleted seemed to act up momentarily and that was when I noticed the buttons gone. I do not remember the name of the program, though.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 05:38 AM

This picture might help--

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Edited by medab1, 24 November 2007 - 05:40 AM.

Learn to take screenshots & add them to your posts. :thumbup2:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43088/how-to-capture-and-edit-a-screen-shot/#entry4532851

Learn to use Google Search.  :busy:

Make full system images to restore to if your computer goes bonkers.


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Posted 24 November 2007 - 05:45 AM

This picture might help--

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Just as I suspected....that did not work either. I even unchecked them and re checked them, still nothing.

My computer is screwed up. Looks like I will be reformatting after all.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 07:29 AM

I think I can help you with this one. It could be a local user policy setting. If you are computer administrator, go to control panel, add a user account and log out, log in as the new user,are the buttons there?

If not, I'll look into other options.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 07:44 AM

Just out of curiosity, can you open Task Manager? Try right clicking on an empty part of the Task Bar and select "Task Manager". If you can't run it, I'd suggest running these free, online scans to rule out a malware infection:

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 08:34 AM

Have you tried a system restore to before you installed the program that acted up?
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