Progam Icons disapear from Task Bar RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am using Windows 7 Home Premium.  I have numerous programs (icons) pinned to the Task Bar.  When I open most applications using the task bar icons, all the icons disapear.  As soon as I close the application, the icons return.  I can get them back by right clicking on Start and by opening Windows Explorer.  It doesn't do this for all programs, but for most.  I was using the Windows 7 Utlimate RC and it never did this.  Any one have any idea why this occurs?  To avoid confusion, it is not the tray icons I am referring to.
    Thursday, November 26, 2009 5:15 PM


  • Hi garymac13,


    If the issue did not occur before, you can try perform System Restore first. It can restore the system to the date before the issue first occurred.


    If the issue persists, please disable all startup items and third party services when booting. This method will help us determine if this issue is caused by a loading program or service. Please perform the following steps:


    1. Click the Start Button type "msconfig" (without quotation marks) in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.


    Note: If prompted, please click Continue on the User Account Control (UAC) window.


    2. Click the "Services" tab, check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box and click "Disable All" (if it is not gray).

    3. Click the "Startup" tab, click "Disable All" and click "OK".


    Then, restart the computer. When the "System Configuration Utility" window appears, please check the "Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" box and click OK.


    Please test this issue in the Clean Boot environment, if the issue disappears in the Clean Boot environment, we can use a 50/50 approach to quickly narrow down which entry is causing the issue.


    If the issue persists, please see if it occurs in a new user account.


    Also, please capture some screenshots of the current situation by the steps below:


    Capture screenshot


    1. Please reproduce this issue, and then press the Print Screen key (PrtScn) on your keyboard.

    2. Click the "Start" menu, type "mspaint" in the Search Bar and Press Enter.

    3. In the Paint program, click the "Edit" menu, click "Paste", click the "File" menu, and click "Save".

    4. The "Save As" dialogue box will appear. Type a file name in the "File name:" box, for example: "screenshot".

    5. Make sure "JPEG (*.JPG;*.JPEG;*.JPE;*.JFIF)" is selected in the "Save as type" box, click "Desktop" on the left pane and then click "Save".

    6. Please upload the screenshot to your SkyDrive at www.skydrive.live.com and let us know the link.





    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Thursday, December 3, 2009 1:54 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by garymac13 Thursday, December 3, 2009 4:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by garymac13 Thursday, December 3, 2009 4:03 PM
    Friday, November 27, 2009 6:33 AM