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Your taskbar may be hidden. You can try moving your mouse pointer to the edge of the screen where the taskbar usually is and see if it appears. If not, you can try the following fixes:

Fix 1:

1. Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.
2. In the lower left side of the window it says "See Also". There should be a link called "Taskbar and Start Menu". Click that link.
3. Check/select the box next to the option that says "Auto-Hide the taskbar"
4. Hit the "Apply" button at the bottom and then uncheck/deselect the "Auto-Hide the taskbar" option and hit apply again.

If the "Auto-Hide the taskbar" option is already checked when you first go into the "Taskbar and Start Menu" options, use the same procedure listed above, except you will uncheck the box, hit apply, and if the taskbar does not appear, check the box, hit apply, then uncheck the box and hit apply again. If this does not work, try the next solution below.

Fix 2:

Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC at the same time to bring up your Task Manager. At the top of the task manager window click on "File" then a menu will drop down and in that menu, click on "New Task" and a box will open up. In that box type explorer or explorer.exe and then click the "OK" button at the bottom. If your taskbar still does not appear, try the next fix.

Fix 3:

Insert your Windows Vista Installation CD/DVD into your CD/DVD drive and reboot the computer. During the bootup screen, it should say "Press any key to boot from CD". Press a key to boot from the CD and when it boots to the windows installation screen, select the "Repair" option and NOT the "Install Windows" option. That will bring you to a repair screen where you can run startup repair. It will perform tests and attempt to fix any problems with your Windows Vista. If that doesn't work, you will see the option to do a system restore. Select a restore point from a point in time when your computer was working properly, or just use the one that Windows automatically selects then do a system restore. Once the system restore is finished, reboot your computer, remove the Windows Installation Disc from the drive, and let your computer boot. Your issue should be resolved.

I hope this helps! If so, please leave me a rating and feedback. I would greatly appreciate it!

Best Regards,

James Trageser

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

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Sounds like explorer.exe is not running:

1. Hit Ctrl + Shift + Esc at same time.
2. Windows Task Manager should open.
3. Hit File on top menu.
4. Select New Task.
5. Type explorer.exe and hit OK

That should bring your task bar back.

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

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