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Taskbar mysteriously disappeared

By learninmypc
Feb 20, 2014
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  1. Last night (02/19/14) I went to bed & left my Vista Home Premium laptop on which I've done several times before only this time ,next morning when I moved my mouse to start surfing, no taskbar. No, I don't have it set to auto-hide,either.
    I used Ctrl-Alt- Del to bring up the Task Manager but was unable to see how to reboot it using the Task Manager. I now can't remember what I did, but I got to a blueish screen giving me options on whether I wanted it to hibernate,switch user,etc, etc. I clicked on one of them, clicked my name & it rebooted.
    I don't know how to find the Event viewer if that is what I needed to look at, so , what could of caused this? I know his laptop aint the best, but I'm glad it works as good as it does.:)
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,090   +1,519

    That resembles Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) crash. Though when I have seen them in the past Windows has always recovered or rebooted on its own. I've never been kicked out to the login screen. That could be due to the fact I never see the login screen, my PC boots straight to desktop.

    If someone uses the login screen, an explorer.exe crash might recover and start back at the login screen. But I couldn't say for sure if this is what would happen.

    I've even had instances where Explorer seemed to freeze. I still had mouse control but nothing worked from the taskbar. Starting task manager and killing explorer.exe, would manually initiate the recovery. The taskbar will disappear and then reappear. During these instances are the only time, I have been able to kill the explorer.exe process, without Windows shutting down.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    Gollie, I wish I would of known that, I would of tried it. I thank you for the speedy reply & if it happens again, I'll try killing explorer.exe and also remembering what I did to get it back up, thank you. :)
     
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,472   +622

    If you open task manager you can File>New>explorer.exe to re-launch it.
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    Thank you. :)
     
  6. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Maniac Posts: 458   +54

    Very occasionally on start-up my XP desktop goes from the Windows log-in to a desktop background with nothing else displayed. Starting up Task Manager with Control, Alt, Delete then logging-off and logging-in by-passes the issue. I'll have a look at explorer.exe when it happens again.
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    Well, last night I decided to shut it down before going to bed. I wake up this morning , 6 hours later & its still shutting down. I was forced to pull the power cord & battery. I booted it up & was given the option to boot up normally or a repair option, I chose normally, it didn't. I chose a repair (recommended) & it went thru a repair process & it just now rebooted normally. Strange if you ask me. I'm not going to expect it too last much longer. :(
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    Ok, I got everything off this Vista so if it decides to die, I've lost nothing.:)
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    When Ihad to reboot to the repair (recommended) option this morning, this this what I saw
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  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,090   +1,519

    It is hard to say. Looks as if the drive is having read write errors. Could be drive or cable issues if that is the case. Memory or CPU issues would more than likely cause other symptoms. Still yet, I wouldn't worry unless it becomes repetitious.
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    Ok. So far no problems rebooting or shuting it down since then. Hopefully it has recovered. Thank you. :)
     
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,472   +622

  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

  17. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,472   +622

    Did your computer reboot? It needs to reboot and do this before Windows loads - so you should have seen the black screen with white font.
     
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,294   +238

    Yes,it did reboot & gave me X amount of seconds to exit before it started. I let it go & a few minutes later it finished & rebooted back to the desktop, thank you. :)
     
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,804   +916

    In my experience, you're making a mountain out of a molehill. (Of course, as always your results may vary).

    First, it's far from unheard of that a machine left running, unattended, does something off the wall. Prolonged standby can also, from time to time have some unintended consequences

    If Windows locks up, I just hold the power switch in, and kill the machine.

    In the case of Vista or Windows 7, the machine will either restore the machine to its prior state, or lead you to a black start screen which asks what state you would like Windows restored.

    XP doesn't bother with trying to save anything, and reboots.

    So, if you're still missing the Taskbar after a cold start, then you do have problems. OTOH, you can right click and create new taskbars, (or rather toolbars), and there is always the potential for an errant byte to wreak temporary havoc.
     
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  20. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,472   +622

    Plus it's Vista, which is a piece of junk. :p
     


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