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    Another little problem... Task bar goes invisible..

    Ok so as I continue to use Vista I am running into a few minor problems along the way as I posted before, BUT:

    My Task Bar just goes missing and all I can see is the Start button?

    I reinstalled Vista the other day just because and it still does this and I have no idea why or how to fix it.


    Drives me nuts. Only way to fix it short term is to restart and I hate doing that.



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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    I hope you mean taskbar, right?

    OK, try this: Drag arrow to the bottom of screen until taskbar reappears, then right click taskbar, then click properties. Under Taskbar tab, uncheck the box on Auto-hide the taskbar. click apply, then ok.

    Hope this helps.

    PS....also lock it

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    Hi Adamd,

    Sorry, but I don't think that CNY's suggestion will work. When Auto-hide the taskbar is checked, the start orb auto-hides along with the taskbar, with both reappearing together when required. I have been unable to replicate this problem of the start orb appearing on its own. I rather think you have got a corrupted file or files on your system. What I suggest is that you have a look at the following Tutorial (and its related links) to see if that helps: System Files - SFC Command

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    In addition to Dwarf's suggestion, you might want to run a through malware scan just to rule that out. Have you tried stopping explorer.exe and reinitializing it. Have you downloaded anything before this started happening? (toolbars, etc.)

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    Well I just reinstalled Vista like 2 days ago and has happened before as well.

    Auto hide is not on.

    Really odd... I was thinking this was a common problem since it happened after 2 installs of Vista...

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    Ok small update.

    If I change it to "auto hide" and turn it back off the task bar comes back.


    This may work for a day or 2, but this problem always seems to come back for no reason whenever it feels like it.

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    It happended to me with XP. I solved it accidentally by booting in safe mode...and back to normal boot. (I might have done some blind tweakings while in safe mode...not sure).

    And it happened to a friend, also with XP...and it was due to trojan malware (Vundo?)

    Suggestions:
    Boot in safe mode (what the heck...it won't harm) and back again in normal boot. See what happens.

    Run anti-virus scan.

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    Quote Originally Posted by Adamd View Post
    Ok small update.

    If I change it to "auto hide" and turn it back off the task bar comes back.


    This may work for a day or 2, but this problem always seems to come back for no reason whenever it feels like it.
    I had a similar problem where the taskbar dissapears.
    In my situation I am using a Acer laptop and make use of an external monitor. When I remove the external monitor, the taskbar dissapears.
    Acer laptops have a "Presentation" button. If I use the button to activate/deactivate the monitor, the taskbar "fixes itself".

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    I never get this problem....

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    Re: Another little problem... Start bar goes invisible..

    Quote Originally Posted by OldGoat100 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Adamd View Post
    Ok small update.

    If I change it to "auto hide" and turn it back off the task bar comes back.


    This may work for a day or 2, but this problem always seems to come back for no reason whenever it feels like it.
    I had a similar problem where the taskbar dissapears.
    In my situation I am using a Acer laptop and make use of an external monitor. When I remove the external monitor, the taskbar dissapears.
    Acer laptops have a "Presentation" button. If I use the button to activate/deactivate the monitor, the taskbar "fixes itself".

    1. Type regedit in run,

    And expand h key local machine\software\Microsoft\windowsnt\currentverson\winlogon, in the right pane double click on shell, delete all the values and type explorer.exe there.

    2. press ctrl+alt+esc, this key combination should bringback ur taskbar.

    3. If u changed the dpi settings bring back into default settings.

    Let me know the result

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