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No Taskbar in Remote Desktop on Windows 7

We have 2 Windows 7 Professional computers using Remote Desktop into another Windows 7 Professional.  All Microsoft Updates have been applied.  But whether either remote computer uses Full Screen or a Window, we cannot see the Taskbar at the bottom.  The only thing that appears is the Start button/circle.  Right-clicking where the bar should be produces the same menu properties as if clicking on the desktop.  The Taskbar is not set to Minimize locally.

Attached is a screenshot of the far left bottom corner.
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Wade_Chestnut

8/22/2022 - Mon
piji

Have you check to make sure is not moved to top or sides?
LeeTutor

piji

And also go into the properties for Remote Desktop, make sure it was set to "open as normal window", click the advance tab, and then select it to always run as an admin
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Wade_Chestnut

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piji, if it moved, the Start button would also be moved.

LeeTutor, that's a possibility I guess.  I may have to look into that if I can't find anything else.

piji, I don't have those options under Properties of the RDP file or if I go into Edit, Advanced?
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piji

Can you run "explorer" command from run and see what's happen!
piji

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johnb6767

Explorer should be running already, since you have the Start Button. .... Try this.....

start>run>cmd

net stop themes

Does it return?

In the Experience Tab of the RDP Options, is everything checked, or unchecked?
LeeTutor

Wade_Chest… any feedback?
Wade_Chestnut

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john6767, yes, everything's checked.  Tried the NET STOP THEMES, but it just turned the circle into a square Start button.  It's as if the Taskbar doesn't exist.
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LeeTutor

Have you tried reinstalling or updating the driver for the monitor/screen?
Wade_Chestnut

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I even tried changing to a Basic Theme (supposedly turns Aero off), and that didn't work. No Taskbar
Wade_Chestnut

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It has the latest video drivers installed.  No, haven't tried removing, then re-installing.  To me, it doesn't make sense it would be a video problem.  It's not as if the video driver is not displaying the Taskbar, it's as if it doesn't exist because of the right-menu context is the same as the desktop (i.e. I get Screen Resolution, Gadgets and Personalize options) when I right-click where the Taskbar should be.
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Wade_Chestnut

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You can't see the cursor, but I placed it very close to the bottom... NTB
LeeTutor

I found this page describing a similar problem using RDP with Windows Vista (no solution, but a couple of workarounds):

http://www.edandersen.com/2007/12/18/taskbar-invisible-over-remote-desktop/
LeeTutor

Interesting: while still searching for possible answers, I found this page, one story on it being about a program called Taskbar Eliminator (could somebody have put that program on your computer?)

http://www.techspicy.com/category/computer-tips/windows-7
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Wade_Chestnut

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LeeTutor, interesting idea about Taskbar Eliminator.  If that's possible, then it's capable of being turned off and something turned it off but I can't figure out what.  The user is pretty much a novice user and just uses his computer for Outlook, Internet Explorer and various picture editors -- that's it.  Strange.
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More like a workaround than a solution