Solved

No icons in Start Menu Taskbar for Users - XP Pro SP1

Posted on 2004-08-30
6
384 Views
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
This is a follow up to: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_21106583.html

  That solution did not work for all users, but rather just a small handful. The problem is still the same. If logged in as a regular user, Whenever an application is open, Nothing appears in the taskbar.  If logged in as an administrator, there are no problems.  Tried Taskbar fixes which would work for one user.  Tried copying profiles.  Nothing seems to work and the problem continues to come back.
0
Comment
Question by:RCFalcon
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:LeeTutor
ID: 11931422
This definitely sounds like a problem due to viruses/trojans/spyware or other malware.
Some free online virus scanners:

http://housecall.antivirus.com 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp 

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm 

Also try these free programs to rid your system of spyware, trojans, and other malware:

http://download.com.com/3000-2144-10194058.html?tag=lst-0-1
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot can also clean program and Web usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer with other users. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. And for advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware or malicious program installations. The handy online update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listing of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents.
Version 1.2 adds a variety of new and updated features, including an immunization option that allows you to block many spyware downloads before they get to your computer, and improved detection mechanisms for morphing files.

http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10045910.html?legacy=cnet
With its ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-aware can easily rid your system of these tracking components, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web.

I use BOTH of the above programs on my 3 Windows systems; what one program misses, the other catches.  Also make sure to download the most up-to-date data before you run the programs.
0
 

Author Comment

by:RCFalcon
ID: 11931456
Symantec Anti-virus is installed on the machines with newest updates.  These PCs are brand new, so I doubt that spyware came installed on them.  However, I will scan them to make sure.
0
 
LVL 59

Accepted Solution

by:
LeeTutor earned 500 total points
ID: 11931725
Have you tried some registry tweaks at the following  page:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

number 117 on the left: Restore Taskbar and Start Menu

number 164 on the left: Restore Taskbar to default functionality

number 240 on the left:  Programs aren't minimized to the Taskbar

0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:prifre
ID: 11934359
Hi,

Well, have you tried the obvious?
Re-installing Windows
Installing all Windows Updates

... did the other Experts suggestions help?

with a smile
/prifre
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
XP won't boot 27 155
Salvaging a Windows XP system after failed in-place upgrade/repair 9 93
Need IE 6 on Win 7 or Win 10 23 106
active directory 5 64
cPanel is a Unix based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides functionality for administrators, rese…
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…

820 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question