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Windows 7: No Start button or taskbar

10 May 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional X64
No Start button or taskbar

I have a dual boot system - 32 bit XP Professional and 64 bit 7 Professional.

My Windows 7 system got badly infected with viruses. After fighting with it for two days, I went another direction.

When I originally installed 7, I had only an 80 Gb drive to put it on. Since then, I did a partition copy onto a larger hard drive. I could never get it to boot, though.

Today, I took the 80 Gb drive out, booted with the Windows disk and fixed the boot record.

Now I can boot in either system, just like before. The only problem is, in 7, I get only a light blue screen. No START button, no Task bar. No icons.

In Task Manager, I can see many processes running, no applications.

I can see the hard drives from another computer on my network. I can connect to the computer from another computer with Remote Desktop with identical results. No START button, no task bar.

I can boot up in XP and connect the old 7 drive (the 80 Gb one) with a drive caddy, so I can copy files from my old Windows 7 drive to my new one.

Is there any way to fix this or am I basically screwed?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2015   #2
Microsoft MVP


No you are not screwed because you have crippled installs and you are here where we have helped millions have the best install of WIn7 possible. So look over the steps to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7,
boot the installer to delete all partitions on one of the hard drives with the other detached, then install and set it up following those steps which will assure you get and keep a perfect install.

Not one of the 1.4+ million consumers who've used that tutorial have come back here with a problem or complaint, as long as they stick with the tools and methods given. So you are hardly screwed, and actually quite lucky.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2015   #3

Windows 7 Professional X64

I found that if I choose "File" and "New Task" in Task Manager, and type in "Explorer.exe", I get the START button, task bar and a few icons on my desktop. I can run the programs on my desktop, but I cannot adjust the properties of the desktop or start menu. I can also not run "Control Panel> It also tells me I am using a temporary session (or something like that) and that I cannot access my files and anything I do will be deleted when I shut down the computer.

So how do I make it run explorer.exe at bootup? OR is there more to it than that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 May 2015   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Hey, have you tried creating a different account and logging with it yet? Though not sure if you can get to User Accounts page...

Open Run window and enter netplwiz

Hope you can create a new user from there.

or (haven't watched this one, mind you)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2015   #5
Microsoft MVP


You can also work through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2015   #6

Windows 7 Professional X64

I had a rootkit virus. I started over with a fresh install.

Thanks for the help.
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