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

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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

Posted on May 19, 2011

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