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  • This only occurs on one account but what happens is that i log in and the taskbar looks normal but the time will freeze for a few hours and i cant right click any of the applications, if i open an application on the taskbar then close it the taskbar says the application is still open, it wont display any open applications, and it takes 2 tries to get any new Explorer windows open from the start menu because the taskbar doesn't want to open any explorer windows, another weird effect is that the start menu looks like there's a cursor over it but when i move my cursor over it it changes back to normal.

    Here's a couple pictures to describe it a little better:
    http://imgur.com/fQ6SK.png (no explorer window)
    http://imgur.com/vKk1Q.png (no application icons and frozen rightclick menu entry)

    • Edited by TheTofu Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:15 AM
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:02 AM

Answers

  • First make sure all your programs and drivers are up to date and are compatible with W7. If there is an incompatible process running in the backgound this can interfere with other processes. 

    Second, open your task manager when it acts funny and search for any process that is using lots of CPU or memory.

    Third you can try booting into safe mode which only loads minimal system drivers, omits startup programs and runs only basic services. If the taskbar works as it should you can boot back to normal mode and use system configuration (msconfig.exe) to narrow down what program may be causing it. 

    • Marked as answer by TheTofu Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:34 AM
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:15 AM

All replies

  • First make sure all your programs and drivers are up to date and are compatible with W7. If there is an incompatible process running in the backgound this can interfere with other processes. 

    Second, open your task manager when it acts funny and search for any process that is using lots of CPU or memory.

    Third you can try booting into safe mode which only loads minimal system drivers, omits startup programs and runs only basic services. If the taskbar works as it should you can boot back to normal mode and use system configuration (msconfig.exe) to narrow down what program may be causing it. 

    • Marked as answer by TheTofu Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:34 AM
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:15 AM
  • Hmm, going into safe mode seems to have fixed it because when i logged back in with normal boot it worked fine.(it wasn't a once in a while thing, it was something that was continuously happening)

    Thanks for the suggestion!
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:34 AM