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Windows 7: taskbar not showing after waking from screensaver?

23 Oct 2009   #1

taskbar not showing after waking from screensaver?

i left my computer on at night and i let the screensaver go on, as i move the mouse to go to my desktop this morning. the task bar was half gone. all that was on the bottom was the start windows logo. Im wondering if my computer is set to turn off the hd or something when the computer isn't touched for 30 min. would that have anythin to do with this?

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23 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As far as it goes, there is a known issue with letting your computer sit for a period of time, and when the screen wakes, the mouse being able to move but the computer being unresponsive for a minute or so.

Try waiting a couple minutes and see if the computer become responsive, if so, this may be the same issue.
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23 Oct 2009   #3


my mouse can move and i can click the windows logo, but the rest of the task bar didnt' show. i even pressed the power button and put my computer into sleep and then put it back on and it was still just the windows logo in the left corner and no other part of the task bar.
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23 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Could you post a screen shot of it?
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23 Oct 2009   #5


if it happens again i will. i just remember that when i did a clean install from the boot disc of my windows 7 that i didn't format the drive, so i just redid it and this time formatted the drive.
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23 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64

That happens to me with my laptop. Sometimes I leave it on while I sleep at night, and when I get up in the morning and get out of the screen saver, only the start orb is visible, and its even clickable, but the rest of the taskbar is gone. The only way I can get it to come back up is by CTRL+SHIFT+DEL to bring up task manager, end explorer.exe and then start another instance of it. Its a minor annoyance.
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01 May 2012   #7

Windows 7

I had this happen to me and I found this thread, but I recalled recently installing a third party screen saver, it works great, but I think it made this problem come about.

I went to my screen saver menu and asked to "preview" and then immediately ended the preview, and there was my taskbar, a little easier than doing the CTL+ALT+DEL method.
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02 May 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

and what happens if you use the WIN + T keycombo?

WIN= key with microsoft flag on top.
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13 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Well I think what is causing it isthe following combination, as someone else already mentioned, third party screen savers. When your PC goes from screen saver to hibernate is when I have the problem. I first thought it was closing my laptop that was causing the problem but then I change settings to go to screen saver at 1 minute and hibernate at 2 and that replicated the results perfectly.

Not sure on a fix even still
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