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Windows 7: Taskbar issue after upgrade - missing buttons

23 Mar 2010   #1
dwhole

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Taskbar issue after upgrade - missing buttons

I upgraded from Vista Home Premium 32bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit today. The install went smoothly (I've installed/upgraded many OS's times in my days), but I'm having a weird issue. Since I've upgraded my laptop, no taskbar buttons appear for open windows - I have to rely on Alt+Tab to navigate. I'm not new to Windows 7, so I'm well aware of the newbie issue of adjusting to the "super" taskbar, and have tried every trick I know. Searching endlessly, I have not come across the exact same issue, and am driving myself crazy.

For reference, I've tried the following:
- Switching to/from combine, don't combine, combine when full on properties
- Restoring to before updates
- Booting off disc and repairing - no issues found
- Checking registry for correct values

I've included a screen grab (desktop.png) to show what I'm seeing. As you can see, I can pin programs - but they don't expand into a window button when opened, hence the Alt+Tab switching. Any insight would be awesome. Thanks.

In addition, my Vista was a fresh install of only about 1 month - original HDD went south.

EDIT: More information - another thing I've tried...
I used to use Taskbar Repair Tool Plus! for XP, and it fixed problems in the past. Since it's made for XP, I passed-over trying it. However, I tried it this morning, and it had some progress.

In the program I chose "Minimized programs are missing" and it semi-fixed it - not really. Basically, once it restarts the shell, I see the expanded buttons, but no text. Once I close the program window for the tool, only pinned programs that were present prior to running the repair tool minimize/maximize - and as a combined button only. Also, even though I can minimize/restore the window, it only works for one window (i.e. multiple windows of Chrome won't show up).

I've included another screen grab (desktop2.png). It shows that the two pinned programs show in the taskbar, but that the non-pinned does not. BTW, to avoid an obvious question - my CPU shows 100% because I run folding@home.




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24 Mar 2010   #2
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums :hello: This is a weird one I have to admit. What if u right-click the desktop and choose a different theme. Could u try, say, Windows Classic and see if that makes a difference. Also could u try locking and unlocking the taskbar and see if that makes a difference. Strange one. Hope others come along with suggestions.
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24 Mar 2010   #3
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Does the problem occur in Safe Mode too? Wonder if this is a graphics card/adapter issue.
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24 Mar 2010   #4
dwhole

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Yes - I have tried switching to classic and running in safe mode. I also edited my post to reflect another option I tried.
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24 Mar 2010   #5
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

sorry I could not be of more help. anyone else/
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24 Mar 2010   #6
dwhole

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the insight. I tried - again - to uninstall/reinstall graphics drivers (obtained directly from Intel). Since then, I booted into Safe Mode, and now in SM the buttons appear as they should, but not in full boot. Grrrr. I think I may have to backup/reinstall. Bummer.
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24 Mar 2010   #7
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Someone should be along in a sec I hope I've only had my new Windows 7 laptop for two wks so not as experienced as other folk here.
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24 Mar 2010   #8
dwhole

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I appreciate all of your help... I finally figured it out, and I feel like a newbie. I forgot when I had Vista on the computer, my wife liked the peek feature, but felt it was too small to really see anything. See where this is going? So I installed VistaThumbnailSizer... big surprise here, it's not compatible with Win7. I forgot it was there, then I decided to go into good old msconfig to see what was in the startup programs, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I feel stupid, but at least if someone else has the same issue - they may use this as a roadmap.
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24 Mar 2010   #9
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwhole View Post
I appreciate all of your help... I finally figured it out, and I feel like a newbie. I forgot when I had Vista on the computer, my wife liked the peek feature, but felt it was too small to really see anything. See where this is going? So I installed VistaThumbnailSizer... big surprise here, it's not compatible with Win7. I forgot it was there, then I decided to go into good old msconfig to see what was in the startup programs, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I feel stupid, but at least if someone else has the same issue - they may use this as a roadmap.

thanks for the return feedback, glad u got it sorted
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