I had to restart my computer after it finished a spyware scan. It restarted just fine, but I noticed a lot of things wrong once I logged on.
1)can't minimize programs to the taskbar. They won't show up if I try to minimize them, but I can access them by using alt+tab.
2)can't hide inactive windows, no circle with the arrows to click to minimize. I've tried right clicking on the taskbar and going to properties, but when i click hide inactive icons, and click apply nothing happens. Also when I click the customize button, the customize notification menu is empty.
3)I have no sound. I went to the control panel and checked on the sound and audio devices. I went through all of the tabs and they all said there was no device, but when i checked the hardware properties it said everything was working properly.
4)when I access the task manager and click on the processes tab, the user name column is empty. Usually there is either administrator or system.Other than these problems, everything else works fine. I recently installed something before my computer restarted and I uninstalled it and restarted it again and the same problem was there. if anybody knows what to do I would be extremely greatful.
Programs Don't Show On Taskbar
I have a gateway notebook running Windows XP. There are 2 user accounts, each with administrative rights. I recently installed SP2, defragged the hard drive, and cleaned up some spyware and adware with spybot and adaware. I am also running Norton Anti-Virus and all definitions are up-to-date. (This is my college daughter's computer). All ran fine after doing this, but after the next boot, the taskbar completely disappeared. I was finally able to get it back, but only by selecting the quick launch toolbar. If I deselect the quick launch tool bar, the whole taskbar goes away. The real problem is that programs no longer show up on the taskbar when they are opened (Word, Excel, IE, Trillian, etc). And, if I open a program, and then minimize it, it goes away completely as though it were closed, but if I open task manager, the application is still running. I have to close the applications from task manager. The really odd thing is that this is only happening on one of the user accounts (my daughter's). The other user account is functioning normally. Short of creating an additional user account or using system restore and starting all over, does anyone have any ideas on how to repair this?
No Programs Show On Taskbar
Whenever I log on, no programs show on the taskbar, and I have to switch between them with Task Manager. Also, the Connect To submenu in Start menu is not showing, and I have to connect through Control Panel. Is there an easy way to fix this?
Why Does Programs Appear In Both Side Of Taskbar?
It appear to be like this 3/4 of the time when i restart my computer.i have tried resizing the resolution and closing languae bar. sometimes it works but all of the time. how do i get rid of this.
Taskbar And Desktop Icons Gone - Can Access All The Programs
So I have no taskbar nor icons on the desktop. Except that all works very well... I have access to the programs and all my documents via the taskmanager. I've been told, by the technicians at the shop where I had bought this pc, that they have heard of such cases often recently, but they didn't try to understand why, they just formatted the hd and reinstalled windows. I am wondering if there's a way to repair this. I've read on some forums that osme adware called "sysu.exe" , "ddm", causes such a problem, bu I haven't those apparently. Otherwise norton , and spybot s&d don't detect anything that might cause this either...
Must Use Alt+tab To Switch Programs / Blinking Icons On Taskbar
This is one of those problems that is difficult to search for, though I tried pretty hard.Facts:When multiple programs are running, if I click an icon on the taskbar to switch to that program, the icon just blinks. Sometimes when I have the problem, if I quickly click it 4 or 5 times it will switch. Other times, that doesn't help. I have to use ALT+TAB to switch programs. Restarting the computer or logging off/on corrects the problem. Shutting down all running programs and opening them again doesn't help. Has been happening for a long time, but I'm fed up with it today Happens only sometimes, but I can't find a common variable between the occurrences and I can't reproduce it on demand WinXP Home (multiple accounts, but only one person needs logged in when problem occurs.
Unable To See Taskbar Buttons While Other Programs Work Fine?
I do not know what really is the problem. The taskbar buttons could not be seen when i have other programs and windows running. I can only switch from one window to another using the Alt+Tab button. I am using windows XP Home. I've made a printscreen of the problem.
Updates Programs Minimized - Stopping Showing On Taskbar
I am running XPPRO with all latest updates and recently when I minimized any programs, it stopped showing the program on the taskbar. Now I do not know which programs are running or have to use the CTRL-TAB to switch between programs. I tried to look for setting which would re-enable this but could not find this.
Cannot Minimize Any Open Program
I am running windows XP. While experimenting with the task bar options I caused a problem I cannot seem to fix. When I try to minimize an open program,instead of it closing and being displayed on the task bar, it closes and dissapears behind the task bar and I can no longer see it
Games Minimize To Task Bar
I am wondering if someone can help while i play any games on my computer the games minimise to taskbar for no apparent reason. I have tried disabling the virus software etc even updated graphics drivers etc still no joy. When the game minimises i click on it in the taskbar it runs ok for another 10/20 minutes then does it again.
Command Line Minimize All Window
I'm trying to find the command (to which I can create a shortcut) to minimize all windows (Windows Key + M) and restore all windows (Windows Key + Shift + M) in Windows XP.
I'm aware that there is a Show Desktop shortcut, but that's not what I'm after.
Minimize Outlook To The System Tray?
To Minimize Outlook XP to the System Tray / Taskbar:Start / Run / Regedit Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Office 10.0 Outlook PreferencesClick on the right side of the screen, right-click and create:DWord Value: MinToTraySet value at: 1 (enable) or 0 (to disable MinToTray)
Slow Minimize And Restoration From Task Bar?
Lately I've noticed my windows seem sluggish and slow when minimizing or restoring from the taskbar.I mentioned it to a few friends and they have all noticed it as well. I had a look in my task list and I don't see anything out of the ordinary there. I'm running norton 2003 and MS anti-spyware and neither has found anything wrong. Just wondering if this is a common issue and how I can fix it.
Minimize Icon Disappeared On Explorer?
Somehow I lost the icon at the bottom of the screen when I minimize a tab. It used to be at the bottom so I could flip back and forth between applications. How do I get my minimized icons back.
Minimize/Maximize Error / Getting Very Slow?
One of my computers has an odd problem that developes after a while where Minimizing and Maximizing windows becomes tediously slow, the animation runs realy slow and it flashes in different sizes.
Program To Minimize My .mpeg And .mpg Files
I got what I thought was gonna be a screensaver and background online, but the file is on my computer and I can't do anything with it. I can't move delete it, move it, rename it. Even if I right Click on it, nothing comes up. I've ran norton and nothing came up and the file just seems to be stuck in the folder it's in, I can't even move it to the recycle bin. If anyone has any advice I'd be grateful. Also, I'm looking for a program to minimize my .mpeg and .mpg files so the size is smaller. I heard about a NVS program by nullsoft, but when I downloaded it, it didn't work. If anyone knows of a program that does this or one similar.
Pro Taskbar With "Group Similar Taskbar Buttons?
With XP Pro SP2, I enable "Group similar taskbar buttons". I generally have my taskbar stretched 2 to 3 rows even so. Sometimes, when I have a lot of windows open, and the similar taskbar buttons group and stack themselves, so 1 button contains 2 or 3 open tasks, I can't get any action out of the buttons that represent multiple open tasks.
Any of the taskbar buttons that represent a single open task are fine. But any buttons that represent multiple open tasks don't respond. I have to do Alt - Tab to bring a task to the front, if it's one of the tasks on a button that represents a group. Or I can go to Taskbar Properties, and deselect "Group similar taskbar buttons".
Truncated Window Designations In Taskbar - Taskbar Grouping On
I've just switched from 98 to XP. I find now that the window designations in the taskbar for my *browser windows only* are severely and unaccountably truncated. My browser is IE6. Even if there's only one window open, if it's a browser window, only one letter will display. Other windows will properly display the full name. I've turned taskbar grouping on and off with no change. I've also run the SFC utility, with no change. There is no such problem in my Win98 machine, and my security settings (and all other settings) are the same. I don't wish to upgrade to IE7.
Taskbar Fails At NOT Group Similar Taskbar Buttons
I want to see all task bar buttons and not have them grouped. XP Taskbar menu offers check "Group similar taskbar buttons." I leave this unchecked, then Apply, then OK. XP still groups the similar buttons (e.g., Word doc1, Word doc2, etc.) instead of having these ungrouped.
Minimize Webpage Results In Automatic Maximizing?
When I open up a web page and minimize a page it will do so and then the page maximizes by itself. It won't stay minimized. This only happens sometimes and it started today? What would cause this and what can i do to stop it. Windows XP sp2 is the os.
Minimize Animation Stops Working After Some Time
I am using Windows XP with SP3 (updated) and there's this problem which annoys me a lot. Under Control Panel -> Visual Effects, I have selected "Adjust for Best Appearance".The problem is that the minimizing animation suddenly stops working after sometime and then starts again if I restart my PC. I don't think there's any damn thing wrong with any of the drivers.
Task Bar Tabs Minimize / Close Fails To Respond
I have the oddest problem thats occuured in the past few days.It appears to be connected with the opening and closing and switching between tasks.For no apparent reason, the window you either want to close or one that's been opened and you need to say click on a button to start a task, just fails to respond. The only way to unfreeze and carry on with your work is to open task manager then you can click on any line of info on the list, dont take any action in task manager, just close it down. Then you can carry on with what you were doing.I'm running a relatively new machine with XP SP3.I've reinstalled XP and I've checked the machine for all sorts of nasties and there's nothing.
This problem can be in programs, browsers (firefox is the worst. If you load a new page, all the URL links will not be accessible, meaning when you mouse over they do not change the cursor, til you do what I mentioned withthe task manager).I have checked the system performance with task manager open and I am not getting any sudden drains on the machine, which is a pretty fast processor (dual core) and working with 4 Gb or RAM.One other thing I noticed. Say you have a page of icons on screen for example in control panel. Single click to highlight one of them and then I would usually double click to perform the action. Now I can't double click because I get a small box open withthe options available open etc.
I have no idea why this is happening, but I reckon it is connected to the problem.I am going nuts with this, because it is adding a lot of time to my PC day constantly having to unfreeze.If anyone can throw some possible causes. I honestly thought the reinstall would fix this once and for all but no such luck.If there's anything I have left out to aptly describe this problem, please ask.
Opening Disappearing Minimize Documents From Task Manager?
When I choose to minimize anything on my desktop it used to drop down to the single click startup bar area and wait to be recalled. Now, when I minmize anything, the only way I can recall it is to open Windows Task Manager and and launch it from there.
Increase Size Of The Minimize - Resize And Close Icons
How do I increase the size of the minimize, resize and close icons without also increasing the size of the icons on the task bar? I can go into Advanced Settings Properties in the Screen Settings and increase the size of the Active Title Bar, but that also increases the size of the icons in the task bar. Take a look at the pics below. The first shows the Active Title Bar smaller and then increased in size in the second
Won't Minimize / Close Internet Explorer I Can't Click On Any Icons
I have a PC which boots up okay and I can double click on any icon, they open and when I minimise them they minimise. When I start Internet Explorer it all works fine with other icons maximising and minimising as they should. However when I close Internet Explorer I can't click on any icons and when I select them from the Start, Programs menu they start but won't minimise.
Webpage Displayed Of Fixed Size Without Minimize And Maximize Buttons
I followed the standard procedure to put an active web page on my desktop. i.e Display properties Desktop Customize Desktop Web Browse select web page Open OK Ok Apply Ok. This results in the web page being displayed but of fixed size (about 5cm by 5cm ) . The usual window buttons maximize ,minimize and exit are missing. Thus I am stuck with a small rather inadequate web page. I have run Microsoft anti spyware ,avg antivirus ,cw shredder etc but to no avail.
Control Taskbar Auto Hide / Launch Control Panel Taskbar
I want a single desktop click to enable/disable windows XP taskbar auto hide.I can do this if I write a script for the AutoHotkey macro tool to open the relevant dialog box and then check or uncheck the appropriate check box.I'd like to open the dialog box with a command line from AutoHotkey, or a similar operation. Right-clicking the taskbar even in the program is uncool.The catch is, I can execute any CP dialog EXCEPT this one as a command line, either passing a dialog parameter to Control.exe or else using a *.cpl file name with Control.exe or directly. But I can't find "Taskbar and Start Menu".