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After start up, the taskbar disappears

by Tekjock2k / July 6, 2010 2:54 AM PDT

After one of my users starts up his laptop the taskbar shows, then after about one minute the taskbar disappears and you can not click any of the desktop icons.

The task bar is DEFINITELY not hidden, it is NOT dragged out of view,

The only ways I have seen to temporary resolve this is to

1. Restart the computer (takes a 1 or 2 restarts)
2. Hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch the Task manager, Kill Explorer.exe, then launch Explorer.exe.

Any thoughts on a way to fix this.


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Corrupted files on the Desktop?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 6, 2010 3:02 AM PDT

There could be a few of causes;

1] Malware. Ensure a full scan is done with the user's anti-virus, and then install and scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-malware and SUPEAntispyware.

2] Since explorer and Internet Explorer are now closely integrated, any bad IE add-ons can affect other explorer components. In IE goto Tools > Manage Add-ons, and do an elimination test.

3] Explorer is also affected by corrupt files. Does this user's Desktop have any files such as music or video files, (not shortcuts), that may be corrupted?


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Re: After start up, the taskbar disappears
by Tufenuf / July 6, 2010 3:11 AM PDT

Go to the link below and scroll down to line 195 (right column) and download the "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar" vbs file fix.

To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.


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tried that ...
by Tekjock2k / July 14, 2010 11:54 PM PDT

I tried the "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar" vbs file and the problem came back in a few days.

other info. Nothing shows in the event viewer, & it does not happen every start up.

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