GoldenDeath, Go to the link below and under the letter "T" (Taskbar) click on "Minimized Programs Missing" and download the ...taskbar_desktop_fixall.vbs file then run it. It should correct your problem.
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.
NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.
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When I open a program and then minimize it, it?s not appeared as a button on the taskbar.
It?s like my programs (and I mean any program like word explorer and so) are minimized to nowhere, I can use Alt-Tab to switch between them but it?s really annoying. Any ideas?