Taskbar dissapearing on startup

By Barnezz ยท 5 replies
Jul 9, 2008
  1. Greetings,

    I have this problem where I log on into windows xp x64 and then my pc hangs a little bit and then my desktop is displayed and I can access task manager but for some reason the taskbar is not there or unresponsive or something. Also I can run programs from the task manager just fine (like firefox) and in the process' tab in the task manager explorer.exe appears to be running but the taskbar doesnt work at all (I even left my pc running all last night and my taskbar still is unresponsive :(

  2. Ruthe

    Ruthe TS Booster Posts: 70

    OK. First thing always to check: do you have a firewall, virus and malware protection?

    Second, you say your taskbar is not there or unresponsive. But then you say you can run programs from it. That is contradictory and I need more info especially if it really is a taskbar problem.

    So what do you mean when you say the taskbar doesn't work at all?
  3. Johnnypass

    Johnnypass TS Rookie


    Run a virus / Malware scan to rule out foul play...

    Can you see the task bar?

    If not make sure it isnt set to hide....

    We need more specific information!
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Try booting into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key after the logo loads and continue tapping until Safe Mode comes up: Make sure you haven't set to 'hide the Taskbar':

    If Taskbar is up> right click on Taskbar > Properties> Taskbar tab> I advise the following settings:
    CHECK 'lock the Taskbar'
    UNCHECK 'autohide the Taskbar'
    CHECK 'keep Taskbar on top'
    UNCHECK 'group similar...'
    CHECK 'show Quick Launch'

    Apply> OK
  5. Barnezz

    Barnezz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I tried doing what bobbye said (and it works sometimes now!!!) but my initial problem still arises where I logon and then no desktop items are displayed and the taskbar dissapears again! sometimes the desktop items and taskbar appear after 5 mins. and sometimes they dont appear at all :(
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Let's give this a try. It has worked for others who were missing the desktop contents:
    A virus called F-Nimda can cause this:

    The ShellFix tool is used to fix Explorer startup problems resulted from unconditional termination of F-Nimda tool during its operation. If F-Nimda tool is terminated by a user or operating system while it is scanning a hard disk, there will be no icons and no taskbar on Windows desktop. To fix the problem you will have to run the SHELLFIX.REG file.
    Download: ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.reg
    Download: ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.zip
    Readme: ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.txt

    From http://www.f-secure.com/download-purchase/tools.shtml#ShellFix
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