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Windows 7: Additional Users Can't Unlock Taskbar

29 Sep 2009   #1
dapplestein

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Additional Users Can't Unlock Taskbar

Here’s the situation: Windows 7 Ultimate is installed, and the original user (administrator) can unlock and lock the taskbar. However, any additional user (standard or administrator) is unable to unlock the taskbar. We have tried right clicking on the bar and clicking Taskbar Locked (which should unlock it) but when it brought up again, it is locked. We have tried right clicking , opening “Properties” and then clicking unlock taskbar with the same result. Finally we have gone into Control Panel, opened Taskbar, clicked Unlock Taskbar. When we go back to the taskbar, it is locked.

Any ideas?

Don



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29 Sep 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

dapplestein

Maybe admin settings may be preventing std users from changing it. If admin is unlocked can the std user change it and does it stick?

ken
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29 Sep 2009   #3
Antman

 

Click Start, Run and type GPEDIT.MSC
User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Start Menu and Taskbar
Set Lock the Taskbar policy to Not Configured
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29 Sep 2009   #4
dapplestein

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

thanks for the assistance but no dice.

Ken, it doesn't unlock regardless if the additional user is standard or administrator. Only the original user (an administrator) can lock and unlock.

Antman, it was already "Not Configured"

About 10 days ago I began to get a error screen saying I was being logged in as a temporary user - I understand that my profile was corrupted. When I set up a new user, it could not unlock the taskbar. I've tried about everything I can think of and still have the problem.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Don
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21 Mar 2010   #5
daydr3am3r

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Well in my case I am the original user, the one who installed Windows. I am the admin and it doesn't work. Weird is that it worked till I disabled my password. After re-enabling the password still didn't work...
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21 Mar 2010   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

In the Registry, there is this key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced". In the right pane (under this key) is a binary value called "TaskbarSizeMove". Its value is zero when the taskbar is locked and 1 when it is unlocked.
So try to manually change the value and see if it helps. You may need to take ownership/change permissions to be able to do that.

(OPTION THREE)
Taskbar - Lock or Unlock
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21 Mar 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello daydr3am3r, welcome to Seven Forums!



As a first option see if doing a system restore to a point before you first disabled the password to see if it'll resolve the issue, if you have a Windows 7 install disk the second tutorial at the link below may serve you better; be sure to post back to keep us informed.

System Restore

Password Reset : Using System Restore in Windows 7
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21 Mar 2010   #8
daydr3am3r

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid. But the problem seems to have disappeared after Windows Update. I deactivated the password because I just reinstalled Windows and I didn't want to type it after every reboot.
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21 Mar 2010   #9
Pixelpro

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium
 
 

Usually... the main Admin, can control the taskbar, other admins/users cant seem to edit the taskbar.
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21 Mar 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by daydr3am3r View Post
Thanks Bare Foot Kid. But the problem seems to have disappeared after Windows Update. I deactivated the password because I just reinstalled Windows and I didn't want to type it after every reboot.


If I were you I would re-enable it as soon as possible as Windows 7 is more secure with a password because malware has "free reign" when there is no password to help block it's run / control of the machine.
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