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windows vista start button not working.

i have windows vista home premium on my dell inspiron 1520 and the bottom bar where the start button is doesnt work. it was previously my brothers laptop so i dont know the cause of the problem. i have worked out a way to temporarily fix it, going to the windows task manager and then ending the process of windows explorer then creating a new task and putting in explorer.exe, but it stops working when i restart the computer or i close the laptop/ make it hibernate. it is very annoying and i would like an answer to this problem that is quite easy as i am only 15 and im not an expert with computers.
any help will be much appreciated
Tom Happy

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Third-party software...

It's usually a case of malfunctioning third-party software, which can be dealt with if you:
1.) Uninstall any software you inherited but do not need.
2.) Press Windows + R, enter msconfig, and uncheck (disable) all applications and services under the Startup and Services tabs you do not need/want.
3.) Launch IE, go Tools->Internet Options->Programs->Manage Add-ons, and disable/uninstall all that you do not need/want.

Restart and the issue should usually be resolved. If not, double-check the above and see if you have the Vista DVD handy as OS repair may be required.

Hope this helps,

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thanks john

thanks for the help, but im affraid i might disable something i need, once i disable it, will i be able to enable it again?

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You can just uncheck a box to re-enable it in the future. As a general rule, though, leave Microsoft services running unless you know you do not need them; Windows will not crash, but some features may cease functioning until re-enabled.


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(NT) ok thanks john :-)
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didnt work :(

the first thing you told me to do didnt work, and i dont have the vista dvd (it was installed already on the laptop) is there anyway of repairing vista withouut the dvd?

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The vista start menu is not working because yr msshsq.dll got corrupted...replace this file and start menu shall be working fyn..
I think Most of the vista holders are having a recovery drive in which all the dll's and stuff are stored as backup..
u should find that dll in the recovery drive (if u have it)..lets say its u shall find msshsq.dll in 'D\windows\system32\msshsq.dll'...copy this file andd replace this with the file 'C\winows\system32\msshsq.dll'...
If u dont have a recovery drive..then copy this msshsq.dll from a frns computer having vista in it and with start menu working...and replace with the 1 in yr computer...shud work fyn..
u might have some problems regarding the adequate permissions to delete the msshsq.dll in C drive.I deleted it with the help of tune up shredder coz it earlier said that i dont have adequate permission to delete it.

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What worked for me

I had same prob. I right clicked start button,clicked properties,clicked taskbar,unclicked lock taskbar, back to normal. See if it works and let me know.

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Computer name not being displayed

Computer name not being displayed in start menu and on Desktop

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