Moving Taskbar in Windows 7

Hello Fellow Experts

I have a customers Dell desktop with an unusual issue. The taskbar moves to the left side of the monitor at least once a day. I have it locked on the bottom but it still relocates to the left side....so I have to unlock the taskbar, move it back down to the bottom, then lock it again.

I have run virus and malware scans. Computer is clean.

I don't know where to go from here. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you
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MikeIT ProfessionalAsked:
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Sounds like a corrupt user profile.

Try creating new account have user use that account see what happens
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The above is probably true. You can also try System File Checker.

Open an admin command prompt and run SFC /SCANNOW. Allow to complete, run a second time and restart. Test after doing this.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
I'd go for corrupt user profile too, but you could also look whether you can force it to the bottom position by amending the registry key.

Copy the text between the lines into notepad, and save it as for example "Taskbarbottom.reg"

===================================================================================

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2]
"Settings"=hex:28,00,00,00,ff,ff,ff,ff,02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,3e,00,00,00,2e,\
  00,00,00,00,00,00,00,82,04,00,00,80,07,00,00,b0,04,00,00

===================================================================================


When saved, double click to import it into the registry.
Alternatively you can manually browse to the above location via regedit.

Just in case, do backup your registry before making any changes.
Also check if it has a more logical explanation such as a Theme Management Software controlling position, or the NVidia taskbar.
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MikeIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I've done all of your suggestions. Still happens.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
So you created a new user account, and the same issue still occurs correct?
And you had a look at installed applications to see if no software was deployed which can manage the user theme such as Stardock's Object dock? Or is the owner running Display Fusion in combination with an NVidia GPU? (See this issue here)

Are you able to advise what graphics card driver and 3rd party software is loaded?

Another good thing to check is whether the problem still occurs when booting into safe mode as per instructions here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/start-computer-safe-mode


If yes, you could use msconfig (just type msconfig into start>>run menu) and untick startup items to minimum only, enabling options one by one till you locate the problem

Also, when does the problem occur. At login?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I've done all of your suggestions. Still happens

At this point, try a Windows 7 Repair Install. This can be done with the Windows 7 DVD. Here is a Seven Forums tutorial to assist with this.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:
Are you sure it's not an errant mouse problem? It's easy to do.

Mike
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MikeIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
This is still happening. Sorry for the long wait in replying.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you have done all the above suggestions, then you need to back up, format, and reinstall Windows.
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MikeIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Yeah. I was afraid of that
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks and good luck with a new install.
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