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Windows 7: taskbar/ start menu locked

03 Apr 2011   #1
swedejr

windows 7 home premium
 
 
taskbar/ start menu locked

Hi all.... I'm having a problem with my taskbar and start menu- I can't unlock the taskbar or pin anything on the start menu.... also, I noticed in Control Panel, it comes up in category view, I try to change to small icons, and it won't let me- it will go to large icons, but not small.

Anybody have any ideas- I'm at my wit's end ( which, I grant you, isn't a far trip)


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03 Apr 2011   #2
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swedejr View Post
Hi all.... I'm having a problem with my taskbar and start menu- I can't unlock the taskbar or pin anything on the start menu.... also, I noticed in Control Panel, it comes up in category view, I try to change to small icons, and it won't let me- it will go to large icons, but not small.

Anybody have any ideas- I'm at my wit's end ( which, I grant you, isn't a far trip)

Do you just have the normal Windows 7 installation, or are you using other programs,( third party applications), as well?

Some Malware programs can cause various strange behaviour. Download this;

Malwarebytes

And run it. Tell us what it says.

Regards....Mike Connor
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03 Apr 2011   #3
swedejr

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Thanks, mike... I'll download Malwarebytes right now....I'll let you know
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03 Apr 2011   #4
swedejr

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Mike- ran Malwarebytes...it found 4 Trojans, which I deleted. Re-booted, and still have the same issue...Also, I should add, This only sems to happen on my logon, not my wife's.....

Anything else I can try?
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03 Apr 2011   #5
Rishone

Win 7 64, OSX Snow Leopard
 
 

Reset the Star Menu settings, and try

Right click Start menu Orb -> Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize -> Use Default Settings. Done
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03 Apr 2011   #6
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swedejr View Post
Mike- ran Malwarebytes...it found 4 Trojans, which I deleted. Re-booted, and still have the same issue...Also, I should add, This only sems to happen on my logon, not my wife's.....

Anything else I can try?

Well, that's a good start. It is likely that some of this malware has changed your settings. Let me have a think for a minute or two and I will get back to you..........

In the meantime you can simply try resetting your start menu to default settings;





Somebody else may also chime in with a solution in the meantime.

Regards....Mike Connor
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03 Apr 2011   #7
swedejr

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Rishone- tried that-no dice... a funny thing- I can move the taskbar from bottom to top, etc, but I can't unlock the son of a b.....
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03 Apr 2011   #8
hangdawg

windows 7 home premuim 64 bit
 
 

if your wifes account is fine and yours isnt why not delete account and replace with a new one heres a guide that shows how and it also saves your files

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-accounts.html
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03 Apr 2011   #9
Rishone

Win 7 64, OSX Snow Leopard
 
 

So, some malware messed up your taskbar settings, as hangdawd suggested, its better to move on to a new account.

Does the Taskbar Lock item is grayed out, did you tried to unlock it from the Registry?

Run -> regedit

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer

In the right-pane, delete the LockTaskbar value, and quit Registry Editor

You need to restart your system fro this changes to take effect.
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03 Apr 2011   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Do you have a restore point or backup image that predates the problem? You might try using chkdsk /r, System Maintenance Troubleshooter, sfc /scannow, or any other maintenance diagnostic that you may think of. When it comes to third party diagnostics, there are so many that it would be difficult to create a list of them.
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