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When I log on I can't see start button, taskbar or time. Ctrl Esc doesn't help. I can get there using task manager but it keep flashing.

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Press CTRL+ESC. If your taskbar magically reappears, then it's probably simply been resized too small, repositioned somewhere you didn't expect it, or perhaps it's beneath another application that's running full-screen on your computer.
The workaround? Press CTRL+ESC to access the taskbar.
To fix it, this previous article, "My TaskBar is too small to be useful, what can I do?" includes a short video that shows the settings you can change to make it behave the way you want, and/or the approach to making it "big enough" once again.
If CTRL+ESC didn't make it come back, then the program that displays the task bar most likely isn't running. That program is often called the "Windows Shell", but it's really "explorer.exe". It's the program that not only displays the Taskbar, but also responds to the CTRL+ESC sequence.
The workaround: press CTRL+ALT+DEL to fire up the task manager. Now on the File menu, select New Task (Run...). Type in "explorer" and press OK. That should restart explorer and re-display your taskbar.
In some cases that may not work, so we fall into the various approaches on fixing it.
If you don't have the Windows Shell running, you can still run programs as I described above: use Task Manager's File, New Task (Run...) to run the programs we need. I often like to run a command prompt, "cmd", as a quicker way to type in and run other programs from there.
My first recommendation is to run an up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. Both viruses and spyware are known to occasionally interfere with the Windows Shell.
Then, I would run the system file checker, as outlined in this article: What is the System File Checker, and how do I run it?. That will check for missing or damaged files in Windows, and repair or replace those that it can.
Finally, you may be faced with re-installing Windows. You can perform what's called a "repair install" that will preserve your data. This article: "How should I reinstall Windows?" discusses that.
Now, naturally, there may be specific cases where a specific cause could result in a specific, simple, solution. In fact I'm sure that readers will comment with various such approaches. (Along the lines of "If you have this virus all you need do it twiddle that setting".) Those approaches may, or may not, resolve the entire problem. But if they make sense to you, then by all means try them out.

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The taskbar disapeared


Press CTRL+ESC. If your Taskbar magically reappears, then it's probably simply been resized too small, repositioned somewhere you didn't expect it, or perhaps it's beneath another application that's running full-screen on your computer.

The workaround? Press CTRL+ESC to access the Taskbar.

If CTRL+ESC didn't make it come back, then the program that displays the task bar most likely isn't running.

That program is often called the "Windows Shell", but it's really "explorer.exe". It's the program that not only displays the Taskbar, but also responds to the CTRL+ESC sequence.

The workaround: press CTRL+ALT+DEL to fire up the Task Manager. Now on the File menu, select New Task (Run...). Type in "explorer" and press OK. That should restart explorer and re-display your Taskbar.

hope this helps

Jul 01, 2012 | HP Pavilion Computers & Internet

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The task bar disapeared


run you antivirus program

If CTRL+ESC didn't make it come back, then the program that displays the task bar most likely isn't running.

That program is often called the "Windows Shell", but it's really "explorer.exe". It's the program that not only displays the Taskbar, but also responds to the CTRL+ESC sequence.

The workaround: press CTRL+ALT+DEL to fire up the Task Manager. Now on the File menu, select New Task (Run...). Type in "explorer" and press OK. That should restart explorer and re-display your Taskbar.

hope this helps

Jul 01, 2012 | HP Computers & Internet

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MENU BAR IS GONE...PUFF, GONE


Press ctrl+esc to see if the start menu pops up, if it does not then proceed by trying the following steps below.

Make sure explorer.exe is still running:
Press ctrl+alt+delete to get into Task Manager and do File -> New Task -> explorer.exe -> OK

Otherwise check to see if your task bar is auto hiding:
Move the cursor to all four edges of the screen in an attempt to locate the hiding task bar. If the task bar does pop up, right click on it and press properties. Proceed by unchecking Auto-hide the taskbar under the Taskbar tab and pressing Apply and OK.

If all else fails, try rebooting the PC.

Jul 19, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Start menu and task bar is not responding for a mean while after i turn on my computer.


Please follow the given steps to relaunch the Start Menu and Taskbar:

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del or Ctrl + Shift + Esc to bring the Task Manager.
2. Go to Processes TAB
3. Find explorer.exe and select it
4. Click End Process (Button at Bottom Right Corner)
5. Click File Menu and Select New Task (File-->New Task(Run))
6. type in explorer and press ok

May 18, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Desktop apears but with no icons, no start, or menu bar?


Are you running Windows? If you are, the easiest way to fix this problem is to simultaneously hit Ctrl, Shift, Esc. The Task Manager will then pop up. Click "File" > "New Task (Run...)." When the run dialog appears, type "explorer" and then hit Enter. This will force the explorer to launch My Documents (the default folder explorer launches), which, in turn, forces your desktop and taskbar to load.
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Mar 08, 2011 | Acer Aspire One D250 (99802378332) Netbook

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Missing task bar - running vista


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.

Jun 02, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium...

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NO taskbar + no sound


Press Ctrl+Alt+Del when it stops at Blank Desktop.. Go to "New Task", Type "Explorer" at "Run".. if the problem occurs, you may have to repair your windows... follow this step...

Take your WINXP Bootable Installation Disk, Boot it, Repair your system (First Repair Option) using repair option.. Thats all.. Your previous settings will not be disturbed.

May 27, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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The taskbar disppears. I have it locked so that it should always be on top of everything else but when it goes into hibernation and it restarted it disappears.


I'm had the same problem with my system. if the 'Start' button is still visible, so you can right-click that, select 'Properties' and change the TaskBar settings.select the 'Autohide the Taskbar' and applying that change will result in the Taskbar appearing again (at least when the mouse pointer is positioned by the Taskbar).


if the above one does not work a simple solution that will work:

1. Hit CTRL+ESC to show the Start menu.
2. Right click the menu at the bottom for Properties.
3. Select the Taskbar tab.
4. Check Autohide Taskbar and click the apply button.
5. Uncheck Autohide Taskbar and click the apply button once more.

Your taskbar should reappear when you've completed these 5 steps.

Please give this a try before messing with registry or recovering your machine!

If the taskbar does not show up when you press CTRL+ESC then explorer.exe may not be running. To correct this press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC which will bring up the task manager. Click File, New. Find explorer.exe and open it.


Go into Task Manager. Find explorer.exe and end the process. Restart explorer.exe. If your taskbar magically reappears, you've found the issue. Here are some other symptoms:

After a Windows Vista-based computer has been running for an extended period of time, the desktop screen may stop updating correctly. For example, you may experience any of the following symptoms: • Parts of the screen may go black. • Parts of the screen may become transparent. • The toolbar may disappear. • The toolbar may appear at the top of the screen instead of at the bottom of the screen.
If you add the GDI Objects column for the Explorer.exe process in the Task Manager console, you see that the GDI Objects column has reached the maximal number that is defined in the GDIProcessHandleQuota registry entry.

A hotfix is available from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932406

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I cannot see my desktop icon taskbar and start menu. though i opened it by pressing ctrl+alt+del and going to task manager and running explorer. but when i shutdown or restart my computer i use to go...


Press CTRL+ESC
If your taskbar reappears, then it was just accidentaly been resized and repositioned somewhere
IF that doesnt work :
press CTRL+ALT+DEL to run task manager. On the File menu, select New Task (Run). Type in "explorer" and press OK.

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Missing Taskbar


Hi,
Answer this:
does your start menu appears When you press cntrl + Esc?

If yes try resizing the screen using your monitor resizing controls.

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