Solved how do I restore the start menue

July 1, 2012 at 18:15:28
Specs: Windows XP
The green and blue start menue is missing , as is the bottom information bar.

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July 1, 2012 at 20:02:03
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You haven't provided enough information.

Is there anything else wrong ?

Did this happen after some event ?
- after you installed some software ?
- after you had some program remove malware from the computer ?

Where are you seeing this ?
On the main desktop screen, or in a Windows program ?

If it's on the main desktop screen, you may have a software problem that is preventing the main desktop screen from loading normally. Try loading Windows into Safe mode with networking mode.
Press F8 repeatedly while booting the computer, and when the Advanced.. menu appears on a black screen, choose Safe mode with networking.

If this happens in a program...

Windows has a full screen mode - you toggle it on / off by pressing the F11 key. You may have un-intentionally pressed F11

When that's toggled ON,
- In Internet Explorer, the bottom bar (taskbar and it's Start button) disappears at the bottom of the screen, and the bars at the top of the screen disappear but will re-appear if you move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen

- in My Computer, My Network Places, etc., the bottom bar disappears, and there is only one top bar.

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July 2, 2012 at 13:01:30
Do you mean the whole bottom bar is missing (which includes the green start button)?

If so, does it temporarily restore when you run the mouse over the area where it should be?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 2, 2012 at 19:03:24
Hi Derek ,,, The bottom bar is still there but all the normal info. is gone and it does not temporaly reappear if I move the cursor down there but if I move the cursor to the top bar it will temporaraly appear.

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July 2, 2012 at 19:13:49
Hi Mr. Wires,,, Yes the F11 key was the answer. I caused the problem by looking around pushing buttons without reading up on things first.
I had to hold it down for a minit while the screen mode jumped back and forth
till it rested on the full screen. Thank you. Perfect answer, take care,Mike

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July 2, 2012 at 19:47:55
We're glad to hear that you have solved your problem.

Thanks for the Thank you.

Just tap the F11 key to toggle full screen mode on / off - don't hold down the key.

I didn't know about that feature either until a couple of years ago.

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