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2 different Computers after a few months of Vista, freeze upon the taskbar portion of explorer loading! RRS feed

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  • 2 different Computers after a few months of Vista, freeze upon the taskbar portion of explorer loading!

    Basically after a few months of running Vista Ultimate, both on my old computer and my new one, the start menu freezes up after Windows has loaded from a regular boot.

    At first it looks like this:

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    Basically it looks like that (expanded in size) when it first starts up.  It won't do anything... if I mouse over it, all you see is the "hourglass" animation.

    I can still access task manager with ctrl alt del, so I end the explorer process and restart it.  When it comes back up, it STILL stays locked up, but it has returned to the normal width...

    This has done this in every computer I have owned. 

    I thought at first it was my old computer, but now I see it on this one.  I DID figure something out on my old computer though:  If I used system restore to go back to the last update prior to the latest Windows Defender update, everything works fine again... I then tried to do the update again (defender definitions) and it happened again on the next boot...  So I disabled Windows update and the problem was solved.  I have not tried this yet on my new computer...

    Anyone else had this problem?

    Please someone respond or point me in the right direction at least!
    Saturday, October 20, 2007 6:22 AM

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  • There is a "hotfix" but apparently it only works temporarily.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 8:18 PM