I have an emachines laptop with windows xp and IE v 7. Our open programs no longer show in the taskbar, and I don't know whether we made a change or a program made a change, but I would like to know what I have to do to get them showing on the taskbar again. I believe the problem started after we upgraded from IE v 6 to IE v 7.
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Hello, this is how I dual boot my laptop with windows xp and windows 7
1. Backup all you important files, use an external hard-disk if possible
2. Make sure you have two drives or partitions: usually drive C and D
3. Insert your xp cd, do a quick format of drive C and install
4. Boot into windows xp and format format drive D if necessary
5. Insert your windows 7 DVD and follow the prompts. When it asks you to upgrade or new install, choose new installation
6. When you are asked to choose a location choose drive D
7. Complete your windows 7 installation
8. Thats it, you can now install drivers and programs
When installation is complete you will see both os options: windows 7 and previous version of windows (i.e xp)
I have done this numerous times without the need for any other step or software. The only rule is to is to install xp first, then windows 7.
Disable Internet Explorer 8 from Windows 7
1. Click on the Start Menu and go to Control Panel. Change the View by category to Large or Small icons then from the Control Panel list go into Programs and Features.
2. In the Programs and Features window click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link on the left hand side. The Windows Features screen opens up, uncheck the box next to Internet Explorer 8.
3. You will get a confirmation box when you uncheck it saying it may affect other Windows features. It will if you don't have another browser installed but otherwise everything that usually opens in IE will open in your default browser.
4. After verifying you want to turn it off click OK. You will get a progress notification while Windows turns off IE 8. Restart the system.
5. After restarting, you will notice Internet Explorer 8 is no longer there. Anything you had linked to IE will be associated with another browser if you have one installed. It will also no longer appear in the Set Default Programs section.
6. If you go to the Open With list in Explorer you will see a generic Internet Browser icon that will open up whatever is your default browser.
Head over to download.com and do a search for Ccleaner. Once you download and install it, run the cleaner and registry fixer. Registry errors are a common cause for a computer slowing down. If you are running Windows XP, a good idea would be to change the size of paging file which will increase performance.
The Power Options icon wont move to the taskbar. Double click on this icon, this opens the Power Options Properties window. Go to Advanced then select and select and tick Always show icon on the taskbar then apply. This should put the icon in the taskbar.
Try freeing some space using disk cleanup. You can also go to Internet Options to delete files stored in history.