Windows 7 problems with taskbar buttons

Posted on 2009-12-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

recently I sucessfully installed FRESH copy of Windows 7 on my computer.
All in all I am satisfied with it, much better than Vista, much faster...but unfortunatelly, looking as systems engineer, too "childish", too many unnecessary changes, many features are split and hidden under different submenus (like MS don't want you to find it) for no reason.

Ok, let's put aside criticism and focus on my problem.

1.) RDP windows
As systems engineer, I work with many Remote Desktop windows opened at the same time. But I noticed that opened RDP sessions randomly dissapear!
For example...I have 3 RDP sessions opened, I work on 1 RDP window, and oupssss...suddenly other 2 RDP windows are gone. Must reestablish RDP again.
Sometimes only 1 RDP dissapears, sometimes RDP to localhost, sometimes to remote host...totally random.

Any idea why RDP windows would just dissapear randomly in random time intervals?

2.) EXPLORER windows and CUSTOM windows.
For example, I customised taskbar to have PINNED among others, these two shortcusts:
 WINDOWS EXPLORER, pointing to %windir%\explorer.exe
 NETWORK CONNECTIONS LIST, pointing to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

Now, 2nd shortcut is direct link to open NETWORK CONNECTIONS list, because I have lots of VPN connections and I need to have constant control over them, open 1 VPN, close the other etc. Normally, I would need to open (unnecessary) "Network and Sharing Center", and then click onto "Change Adapter Settings" (which is absolutelly missed naming concept)...
So to workaround all those clicks, I created shortcut, as listed above.

But...the problem is, that "smart" Windows7 recognise 2nd shortcut as "Windows Explorer" and when I click on 2nd shortcut, BOTH taskbar icons are activated. So, when I click on NETWORK CONNECTIONS shortcut,  I cannot click on WINDOWS EXPLORER shortcut anymore, because Windows7 "think" it is already opened.

Any idea or should I just face the (ugly) truthm that such a behaviour is by default?
Question by:Andrej Pirman
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    Assisted Solution

    You need to spend some time reading through the EE "Articles" by the Expert "DanRollins".
    He has published a bunch of "Tips and Tricks" about Windows 7 that might be just what you are looking for.

    Scroll down to the bottom of his Profile and do a sort - then start on the Windows 7 links:
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    by:John Hurst
    It may be that you are trying too hard.  Quick Launch (as a place for shortcuts) is gone. I find now that as I open applications, they automatically go into the taskbar (which is more or less normal over time). But if I open multiple applications of the same kind, they pile up in one icon. I hover over the icon and see the list of open item (same application). I didn't do anything to get this behaviour. Is that not what you want for your VPN connections? Windows RPD also shows up the same way.

    Another approach is to pin the VPN application to the Start Button. If you pin any application to the Start Button that has multple files or profiles, they show up as flyouts from that application. WinZip, Excel, and Word all work like this. I expect your VPN app might work the same way.

    Now my VPN application (NCP Secure Client in Windows 7) shows up in the system tray with its multiple profiles there.

    So what you are seeing is some default behaviour by Windows 7, but you can get some flexibility out of it and adapt it to your own style. At least it seems to be working this way for me.

    I have been working with Windows 7 Pro for about a month and put it into production yesterday. So I will get more used to it as I go back to clients next week.
    ... Thinkpads_User
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    by:Andrej Pirman
    Thanx for both replies.

    Among all really GREAT! articles of DanRollins, unfortunatelly I did not find any solutions for me.
    Also it is not the new behaviour of Win7 taskbar, but it seems like a BUG. See attached picture.
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    Expert Comment

    by:John Hurst
    I am not sure what is going on with your system. Those pictures (as best as I could see upon opening the file) is that you are open property windows and document windows.

    I keep my task bar along the bottom (traditional) and (with the exception of QuickTime) have not overtly pinned anything to it. IE8 and Windows Media Player pinned themselves to it.

    Everything else in the taskbar lands there from opening it, and if I open multiple documents (or multiple profiles in the case of Remote Desktop Connection), then these multiple occurences stack up and I see what they are by hovering the mouse over them. Then I can select if desired.

    So this is very different from what you are showing us here, and I think what I see on my own machine is pretty much proper and default behaviour.

    Have you tried the taskbar along the bottom?  Also I use Classic View and Small Icons.
    ... Thinkpads_User
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    Author Comment

    by:Andrej Pirman
    Thanx for reply.

    But, it is not the solution...rather some indices, that what I am having problems with is actually Win7 default behaviour. For example:
    - if you pin EXPLORER.EXE in tackbar, and then pin also %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} to the taskbar, and then start only the last one, it will trigger 2 icons in taskbar, showing as active
    - also Windows Live Messanger in idle state is ocupying 2 icons on taskbar, one showing just my profile picture, and the second being actual WLM window
    - RDP opened connections still keep shutting down without any reason.I tested with paralel WinXP station, having opened 3 RDP session to some XY machines out there, 1 session from WinXP and second session from Win7. All sessions from Windows 7 were dissappeared after an hour or two, while on WinXP were still opened.

    All I can conclude at the moment, is that Windows7 (or Server 2008 R2) has still lots of bugs.
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    Accepted Solution

    In your post above:
    1. I think is normal behaviour because the second one appears to a sub-process of the first one.
    2. I don't know why.
    3. This does not happen to me at all and I use RDP frequently.

    So your use appears to be somewhat specialized and I suggest you contact Microsoft on their web support site and see if they can assist.

    I pound away on Windows 7 all day now and do not see may bugs at all. ... Thinkpads_User
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    Author Closing Comment

    by:Andrej Pirman
    B grade only, because no absolute facts were presented, just speculations and debate. I appreciate all comments, but let's assibn grade B to debates and good will, and reserve grade A for excellent support :)
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    by:John Hurst
    Thank you, and I was pleased to assist you. ... Thinkpads_User

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