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Start button on the task bar on my Vista laptop stops responding.

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Your first problem is VISTA. Nothings compatible and it isnt really any better than XP except it has direct x 10 and looks nicer but thats it. I suggest you go back to XP till they fix all the bugs in Vista.

You'll probably have to re-install it since its probably a corupt file or install.

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