Solved How can I get my taskbar & start button back?

November 22, 2010 at 16:14:22
Specs: Windows 7
The task bar and start button suddenly disappeared from my desktop. I can't get it back. Pressing the windows logo key does nothing. I stopped explorer.exe in Task manager, and re-started a new task. It's not hiding. The computer is about a month old, so I'm pretty sure BIOS and drivers are fine. Any tips??

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✔ Best Answer
November 24, 2010 at 19:03:56
Next time you can try Start Menu Default. Their will be other thing on the
list you can try also.
Right click you empty Desktop - New - Shortcut - Type - Control Panel -
Next - Finish.
Open this shortcut to your Control Panel.
At the right top type - Start - list will open up.
Taskbar and Start Menu
Take you pick.
Try - Restore Start Menu Default.


#1
November 22, 2010 at 17:29:17
Try to boot to safe mode and then do a go back in time with a system restore point.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
November 22, 2010 at 20:03:04
So, you see nothing at the bottom of the screen? Move the cursor slowly down toward the bottom of the screen. At some point you may see a double headed arrow. At that point left click and hold. Drag upward to show the task bar.

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#3
November 22, 2010 at 20:25:48
Thanks guys. Unfortunately, there was no way to get it back. I talked to Gateway's phone support, their online chat, and Costco's Concierge service. No one had any idea how to fix it, and said I had to restore the computer to it's factory settings. SO DISAPPOINTING. I lost all my updates, applications and new software. But, now I have a taskbar. I SURE hope this doesn't happen again. Sounds like a Windows 7 glitch.

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#4
November 22, 2010 at 21:08:14
That MAY have been extreme and premature.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#5
November 22, 2010 at 23:14:48
And yet, what was I to do? Do you have some info for me in case it happens again? The "experts" couldn't help me. Actually, I knew more about what to try than their 'computer screens' told them to try. It is our office computer, which needs to be accessed, even if I have to reinstall all my programs, for the sake of business. Like I said, it is new, so it's not like I lost months of work.

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#6
November 24, 2010 at 08:34:25
If you're using Win 7 you should have a windows.old folder in your C: drive, that will be a backup of your last installation.

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#7
November 24, 2010 at 19:03:56
✔ Best Answer
Next time you can try Start Menu Default. Their will be other thing on the
list you can try also.
Right click you empty Desktop - New - Shortcut - Type - Control Panel -
Next - Finish.
Open this shortcut to your Control Panel.
At the right top type - Start - list will open up.
Taskbar and Start Menu
Take you pick.
Try - Restore Start Menu Default.

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#8
November 24, 2010 at 20:42:46
After everything is running well again and you install/personalize it, make your own restore set so you can return to that exact condition if you ever need to restore again. Then begin a back up routine or automatic back up to a separate (internal or external) hard drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#9
May 16, 2011 at 20:17:18
Well, this happen to me too. But I can fix it. For any who has the same problem try to open some folder and minimize it. If the folder fly outside of your screen it mean the window has extend area that is not display. You must right click and open screen resolution then look if there is any extra display destop on your screen. I edit my screen to show only destop 1 (in mutiple display it was show all destop). Fortunetly, my destop become smaller and my start menu and everything come back!. I think it was display on "outside of my destop." This is why Window logo doesn't work.

Hope this help and soory for my english


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#10
June 20, 2011 at 04:01:48
haha I did the exact same thing, but to get my toolbar back all I did was open task manager, clicked new task and put in explorer.exe in the run window and it popped back up!

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