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Task Bar at bottom starts to flicker

    Question

  • I have installed Windows 7 and it works generally, I have pinned a number of office programs at the bottoms task bar but when I scroll my mouse over the task bar, the bar itseld goes blank or the icons start to flicker. Very strange. Any ideas as how to fix it?

    Mark
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:14 PM

Answers

  • Hi Mark,

     

    Please upgrade the device drivers to the latest one which are compatible with Windows 7 first.

     

    Also, go into Safe Mode (Restart computer, press the F8 key when the boot menu pops up, select [Safe Mode], and boot up) and check if the issue still occurs. If the issue does not occur in Safe Mode, let’s 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.

     

    Besides, does the issue occur in a new user account?

    Was Windows 7 an upgrade installation or a clean installation?

    When did the issue first occur?

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

     

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Wednesday, November 18, 2009 1:55 AM
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 8:39 AM

All replies

  • Hi Mark,

     

    Please upgrade the device drivers to the latest one which are compatible with Windows 7 first.

     

    Also, go into Safe Mode (Restart computer, press the F8 key when the boot menu pops up, select [Safe Mode], and boot up) and check if the issue still occurs. If the issue does not occur in Safe Mode, let’s 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.

     

    Besides, does the issue occur in a new user account?

    Was Windows 7 an upgrade installation or a clean installation?

    When did the issue first occur?

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

     

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Wednesday, November 18, 2009 1:55 AM
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 8:39 AM
  • Hi,

    I recently purchased a HP laptop G60- 535DX, occassionally I see a flickering i nthe task bar at the bottom. Pl let me know what is the reason and how this can be fixed. It has Win 7 OS.

    Thanks,
    Sowmya
    Monday, February 22, 2010 12:11 AM
  • Hi Mark,

     

    Please upgrade the device drivers to the latest one which are compatible with Windows 7 first.

     

    Also, go into Safe Mode (Restart computer, press the F8 key when the boot menu pops up, select [Safe Mode], and boot up) and check if the issue still occurs. If the issue does not occur in Safe Mode, let’s 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.

     

    Besides, does the issue occur in a new user account?

    Was Windows 7 an upgrade installation or a clean installation?

    When did the issue first occur?

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

     

     


    I have this same issue in Windows 7, but in the Notification area of the Taskbar only. The flickering stops about 2 hours after the initial boot. I have checked the device drivers and it says everyting is up to date. I tried your suggestion and the issue has disappeared in the Clean Boot environment. Where do I go from here? Also, it is OK in the Guest account.
    Your help will be mcuh appteciated. Thank you.
    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 9:40 AM