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Windows 7: no taskbar and no icons


13 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
no taskbar and no icons

I have installed Windows 7 Pro on my second hard drive (no secondary partitions) using a custom install. My primary OS is Win XP on my other drive. All goes well in the install and everything looks great and as long as I do a warm boot I have no problems.

The trouble happens when I cold boot. I choose Windows 7 from the options of Win 7 or the old OS and I see no desktop icons (yes, they are checked to appear using the right click on the desktop) and no taskbar. I can right click and do anything that menu offers me on the desktop but I get nothing I can use to run anything (no taskbar, no start menu, no anything). The install went perfectly so there are no error messages to lead me to a problem. I have installed no other software just the OS. I have tried to cold boot with the Win 7 DVD in the drive and out of it and get the same exact thing.

If anyone can shed some light on this odd problem, I'd be most grateful.

BTW: the upgrade advisor gave me the go ahead on installing Win 7 on my system


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13 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

something is wrong when it is trying to execute the exeplorer.exe


Alt, Ctrl, Del and go to your task manager ; click on File (New Task) Run and execute explorer.exe

just for the time being... and we can work from there, at least you can get the icons back
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13 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

When I use ctrl + alt + del I get a black screen and that is it. It never shows anything else. I have even tried reinstalling Win 7 multiple times on a clean drive and have the same problem on a cold boot.
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13 Jan 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Try right clicking on task bar rather than alt cntl delete
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14 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

And there is the problem - no taskbar and no icons = no ability to get to the OS on a cold boot.
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14 Jan 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

This is what I found. It involves the registry, so be careful, know what you are doing and backup, backup backup . Heres hoping

Missing System Icons in Windows Vista Tech Talk
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15 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for checking but I am running XP Pro on my other drive not Vista and have NO taskbar or icons on the desktop of 7 when I try to boot to it. Today someone I work with suggested researching black screen of death - what I get on a ctrl + alt + del on 7. After I try some other things I'll post what I find here.
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