Start Menu disappeared, taskbar freezing...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Rajveer, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Rajveer

    Rajveer Guest

    Hi guys, I've been running Vista x64 for just under 2 months and
    everything was fine up until today. All of a sudden while using my pc,
    the shortcuts and internet explorer/email links have disappeared within
    my start menu (everything on the right side is still there) leaving a
    huge white space. Also, right-clicking on my taskbar and going to
    properties, followed by changing something to do with either the
    start-menu or the toolbars makes the window hang and taskbar/start menu
    hang, and explorer needs to be restarted. I installed a few programs
    today: Photoshop CS3, PowerISO, MagicISO (couple of my standard tools)
    but none of these should have affected my setup. I've tried checking
    error reports, setting diagnostic mode in msconfig, booting in safe
    mode, checking for viruses with Kaspersky, uninstalling MagicISO and
    PowerISO but no help. I REALLY don't want to have to reinstall Vista,
    and if it comes down to it I'll probably reinstall XP as I've never had
    any problems like this before, so help me make my Vista purchase worth
    it!
     
    Rajveer, Dec 6, 2007
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  2. Is your video card driver up to date?

    Boot from your Windows Vista DVD, select the System Repair Option > on the
    setup screen, select 'Repair Computer > Select your installation of Windows
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Dec 6, 2007
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  3. Rajveer

    Rajveer Guest

    Yup, got the latest 8800 driver. If I do a Vista repair, what exactly
    does it do? What will it reset? Will I have to reinstall updates, will I
    lose anything? I'm a bit wary about doing a repair, as I've heard that
    it's a temporary fix to a problem which may come round again, if this
    true?
     
    Rajveer, Dec 6, 2007
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  4. Rajveer

    Rajveer Guest

    Ok I tried to do a Startup Repair but it found no problems. Startup
    Repair only checks startup problems right, and not problems with the
    whole installation, so that makes sense. It seems as if the repair
    installation option has been removed from Vista, so I tried "SFC
    /SCANNOW" to check for file integrity and it found nothing.

    I am so confused, doesn't seem to be software incompatibility as it
    would have been fine under safe mode or diagnostics mode, but its not
    finding any problems :confused:
     
    Rajveer, Dec 6, 2007
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  5. Rajveer

    Rajveer Guest

    After some testing, I've found its the ntuser.dat file which is causin
    trouble. Problem is since this file contains the whole of th
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER section of the registry, replacing it will mean I wil
    lose all of my application specific settings. So I think the firs
    option would be to try and fix the registry, and since I have no ide
    where to start looking within it do you have any ideas about what
    should try
     
    Rajveer, Dec 6, 2007
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  6. Rajveer

    Rajveer Guest

    I've figured out the problem and thought I'd post the solution incase
    anybody else comes across this problem. I tracked the bug down to
    ProgramsCache in
    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Start
    Page". So I backed it up and replaced it with the one from a newly
    created temporary user, and its working normally now. It hasn't changed
    the list of programs in the start menu so I'm not too sure what it does,
    but it works so I cant complain!
     
    Rajveer, Dec 7, 2007
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  7. Rajveer

    lugomikejr Guest

    I have the same problem with the start menu and the taskbar freezing. aftea
    computer scan, it says that there are no problems but the problem still
    there. I don't want to go back to XP but getting tired of vista problems.
    please help, and thanks.
     
    lugomikejr, Jan 17, 2008
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  8. Rajveer

    Shebalucky Guest

    To Andre Da Costa:

    Thanks so much for your answer.

    My taskbar and start menu were missing from my windows desktop on my
    new HP laptop. I came here for a solution.

    I booted from my Windows Vista DVD and a popup said that windows saw a
    problem. It automatically found that my windows explorer had a problem
    and fixed it immediately. I didn't have to do anything else.

    I would not have thought of using the Vista DVD but I will if this
    happens again, thanks to you. KUDO's :)
     
    Shebalucky, Nov 14, 2008
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