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Taskbar Icons Disappear


I have spent hours on virtually every help site for an answer to this problem. On various days (no pattern), when i start using computer (which is always on), all the icons from my taskbar have disappeared. I found one solution to the problem which is to start task manager, end explorer.exe process, then run explorer.exe again. This brings back all the icons. But this is a tedious thing to do.

And no one has given any explanation for why this happens and what explorer.exe has to do with it. This happens on my desktop which i upgraded to windows 7 from vista. My laptop, which came with windows 7 installed, does not have this problem. I have run several virus programs; no viruses found. Is this a windows 7 problem? A general microsoft problem? I keep up to date with updates. So what in the world is the problem? I'd really like an answer from someone who knows what (s)he is talking about.


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Posted On: 2009-05-19 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-14 . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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Last week, after windows 7 had been installed for a week with no issues, when i went to save a .doc file on my seagate drive, it said that the drive could not be located. I ended up saving the file to internal disc and restarting the computer. After the restart, my computer recognized my seagate drive, and i was able to save the file. A day later, i attempted to save an image i had been editing, and the same thing happened. The problem began to occur more frequently.

Then, last night, i opened itunes and tried to create aac versions of songs from 2 new audio cds. Halfway through then ten songs on the first cd, an error message popped up indicating that the seagate drive was no longer there. After another failed attempt to import the songs, i popped in the other cd, but itunes could not copy the files to my desired directory. I changed the directory where i save files to the c: (internal) drive, and songs were successfully copied.

I restarted my computer and tried to import songs on the seagate drive once more. It finished the songs on the first disc successfully, without incident. Then i put the second disc into the cd drive. After importing one song, an error message again popped up. I clicked the computer icon on the desktop, and it indicated that the seagate drive was still there. I double-clicked the seagate drive, and instead of displaying files and folders, all it said was "this folder is empty. " I then disconnected the seagate drive from my computer. The computer folder still displayed the seagate drive as connected to the computer.
 
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I have tried going in to disk management and rescanning disks. I have tried going in to device manager and uninstalling both seagate and hp disks, then restarting the computer, and then hooking them up once more. I have no idea why the drive would be recognized for a short amount of time and then disappear. I have checked for loose cables. It's just bizarre because i didn't really notice any issues with either drive for the first several days after i had installed windows 7.


Posted On: 2009-11-12 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I recently upgraded to windows 7 from xp and have been working out the kinks. I noticed today that, after rebooting, my network printers are visible in the devices and printers dialog. However, the moment i try to print from word or excel (perhaps other things as well; these are the only two apps i've tried), they both disappear, leaving me no printers. Excel gives me the message "no printers are installed. "

If i try to add the printers, i get a message, "windows can't open add printer. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine. " I reboot, they show up again. Try to print, they disappear again.could be coincidence, but i did install windows mobile device center 6. 1 today. Not sure what that would matter, though. I am running office 2007.
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Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

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Prior to upgrading to windows 7, i discovered that the problem was a clash between my speaker driver and windows vista. I simply had to disable my speakers to avoid the problem.

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