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Lost Start Button,task Bar & Systray


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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 04:00 AM

Have just been to town to pick up a cordless mouse. Installed it and now have no bar at the bottom of my desktop. Rebooted and restarted three times so far with no result. The only way I can access anything is to bring up the recycle bin and go from there.
Control panel/mouse properties says both meeces are working properly. Desktop displays are unchanged..
Trying to open the Taskbar and Start menu in Control Panel has no result. Anything minimised disappears forever.
Installed Eraser this afternoon and rebooted, no problem - then ran a quick cleanup and installed the new mouse, reboot, Kapooee

Any bright ideas??

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 04:05 AM

Taskbar Is Missing When You Log On to Windows
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 04:45 AM

Thanks Budapest. Reading thru that jogged my memory - it needs a bit of a kick these days.

Did a 'Last Known Good Configuration', no go, so did a System Restore from Safe Mode and that seems to have done the trick. The new mouse is not working now but I'll go and deal to that in a minute.

Many thanks for your prompt reply, much appreciated :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:51 AM

This intermittent problem has been ongoing even after trying all the solutions, but seems to have settled down for the moment.

Accidently came across this today: the reason being that the Windows Shell isn't running properly??
The fix given was to bring up the Task Manager, click on File and select new task. Write in 'explorer' and click OK. I'll be very interested to see if this simple solution works.

Why this should happen of course is another story, but it is very difficult to get anything done without a Start button.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 07:59 AM

There is a case solved by the following operations.

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Hit [Windows]+[R].
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Type "regedit"(without quotation) and then click "OK" button.
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In your registry editor, go on HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects
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If StuckRects key exists, delete it.
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reboot

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Hit [Windows]+[R].
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Type "regedit"(without quotation) and then click "OK" button.
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In your registry editor, go on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
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Double-click Winlogon and then check value of Shell in right pane.
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If its value is not Explorer.exe, set Explorer.exe to its value.
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Reboot.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 07:24 PM

Thanks HIPPO1023.

The HKLM entry is OK. HKCU is StuckRects2 with 2 entries. If I have the problem again will delete those and see what happens. The TaskManager solution didn't do anything this morning. Most times when I reboot lately, the TaskBar fails to appear, requiring one or more System Restore. Am almost ready for a reinstall, so am willing to try anything just to see what happens.

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