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Windows 7: Taskbar disappears

19 Jan 2009   #11
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

I had it happen a couple of times but only when I was installing certain apps, got it back by just clicking on the desktop.


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04 Feb 2009   #12
brannongillis

Windows 7
 
 

Its happening to me and I cannot do anything to bring it back. I have even rebooted multiple times with no luck.


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04 Feb 2009   #13
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi Brannongillis and welcome,

You could try a repair install, might fix it. I used it and it worked good for me. Saves all your files/settings, except maybe a couple basic settings revert back to default.
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05 Feb 2009   #14
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

That's usually a sign of the Shell crashing (explorer.exe). Most times the shell will restart immediately after a crash but that depends on Why or what caused the shell to crash. You can always restart explorer.exe manually from the Windows folder (if you can get to it) or from the run box.
Retarting will always work but if the root cause of the crash is still there, then all bets are off until that has been found and resolved.
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06 Feb 2009   #15
brannongillis

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Hi Brannongillis and welcome,

You could try a repair install, might fix it. I used it and it worked good for me. Saves all your files/settings, except maybe a couple basic settings revert back to default.
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Ok I finally tried this last night. After the repair all seemed fine. I even rebooted and everything was fine. Then it downloaded some sort of update from Windows (I normally check these things but just let it do its thing this time so I am unsure of the update). Once the update was installed it stated I needed to reboot. I did but choose to go back into Vista first to make sure everything was still there since its my main OS for now. Then I rebooted back into 7 and the taskbar was acting up again. I could see the start button just as before but the clock and all other items were gone. I tried to reboot and samething.

There has to be something on my computer causing a conflict. I wonder if its that update that it downloaded? I can try to uninstall it.
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08 Mar 2009   #16
randomhell

Windows 7 Ultimate built 6956 32 bits
 
 

I m having the same problem...happened a few times. Always after the screensaver went on..
You can either reboot...or just, in the taskbar & menu options: check and unchecked the "auto hide taskbar"... that will do it.
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19 May 2009   #17
antient

Windows 7
 
 

I seem to lose the taskbar every time the screensaver cuts in too. I have found what seems to me to be a consistently repeatable cure, albeit temporary. I right click the desktop, select Personalize, and bring up the screen saver settings. I click Preview, and as soon as the screen saver starts up I move the mouse, the screensaver terminates and the taskbar has reappeared. Works EVERY time for me!
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15 Jun 2009   #18
whoppergator

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antient View Post
I seem to lose the taskbar every time the screensaver cuts in too. I have found what seems to me to be a consistently repeatable cure, albeit temporary. I right click the desktop, select Personalize, and bring up the screen saver settings. I click Preview, and as soon as the screen saver starts up I move the mouse, the screensaver terminates and the taskbar has reappeared. Works EVERY time for me!
I can confirm that this temporary solution works for me every time as well. I'm also frustrated that this problem has yet to be fixed, since it has been present for me since the early beta. After testing on multiple systems, my best guess is that it is related to the video drivers, since only those computers with certain NVIDIA gfx cards are what I've seen this on. Certain driver versions appear to work, but not the latest one from the NVIDIA website. Clearly, the screensaver is involved, when looking at antient's temporary solution.

Interestingly, once the bar has disappeared, if you wait for the screensaver to turn on again, then move the mouse, the bar reappears. This is esentially the same as previewing the screensaver.

Has anyone figured out a real solution besides reverting? It's the only real thing holding back my Win7 love.
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15 Jun 2009   #19
antient

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whoppergator View Post
I can confirm that this temporary solution works for me every time as well. I'm also frustrated that this problem has yet to be fixed, since it has been present for me since the early beta. After testing on multiple systems, my best guess is that it is related to the video drivers, since only those computers with certain NVIDIA gfx cards are what I've seen this on. Certain driver versions appear to work, but not the latest one from the NVIDIA website. Clearly, the screensaver is involved, when looking at antient's temporary solution.

Interestingly, once the bar has disappeared, if you wait for the screensaver to turn on again, then move the mouse, the bar reappears. This is esentially the same as previewing the screensaver.

Has anyone figured out a real solution besides reverting? It's the only real thing holding back my Win7 love.
Just to confirm the NVIDIA theory, my card is a NVIDIA GeForce 9400, in an iMac 24"

FWIW, antient
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23 Jun 2009   #20
xMACx

windows7, Vista x64, WinXP
 
 

I found that after the screen saver ended my TaskBar would disappear and leave the start button as well. open task manager end explorer.exe and start new task explorer.exe restarting explorer.exe workd great. after reinstalling the screensaver I did not get the problem again.
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