taskbar/start button freezes - everything else works fine
Posted on 2004-08-22
This is a tough one!
I'm working on a windows xp home edition pc. SP1a
The taskbar (including start button) area freezes a few seconds after windows comes up. Moving the mouse curser over the taskbar just shows an hourglass. Control/Escape combo does NOT bring up the start menu either.
Everything works perfect in Safe Mode.
When I boot up Using msconfig and choosing Diagnostic Startup to boot only essential services and drivers the taskbar has the same frozen problem!!!!!!!!!!
HERE ARE A LIST OF THE THINGS I HAVE ALREADY TRIED:
Run Norton 2004 full scan
Run Trend Micro Housecall online scan
Run Ad-Aware PE
Run Spysweeper (webroot)
Run McCaffe Stinger
Ran sfc /scan
Stopping Explorer.exe in Task Manager and then restarting it makes the taskbar work for about 4 seconds ----just like when windows starts.
I do not want to run system restore unless I have to. I had a bad experience once using system restore.