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The problem is that when I minimize my applications to the task bar I cannot un minimize the application from the task bar. Some icon I can but not all. Reboot only fixes the problem for some minutes to hours. I have deleted my profile and reimage my pc. The problem comes back. This is a domain enviroment, windows 7 workstation. The video drivers are updated. any suggestions.
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Try this right click on the task bar and select "Cascade Windows" to force all windows onscreen.

And also try hold [Windows KEY] + [Shift] then press the [Left arrow] key 2 or 3 times. If that doesn't work try again with the right arrow key instead.
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Are these machines connected to multiple monitors? If so, Roshan's second suggestion will work to get the windows back to your active screen if now only using a single monitor. This can sometimes happen when a machine has two monitors and then  the device is disconnected from the second monitor. The PC thinks two monitors are connected, either because of a manual setting to extend desktops or because of a resize/resolution issue, and sometimes Video Drivers. When this occurs, the PC thinks two monitors are present and auto-opens a program to the last used monitor. If the second monitor is no longer connected but the PC is still set to extend, this will be your issue.

I have learned to always move all windows from my second third and forth monitors back to my primary display before logging off or closing programs on those screens.
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What I just found out is that if I have two of the same applications minimized to the task bar, when I click on the minimized application, the application will not open or preview. When this happen the work around is to right click the task bar>properties>taskbar buttons>select never combine. Yes I am running two monitors and they both work. I have even changed the home screen and resolution and still a no go. Just the solution previous solution works.
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Even when I try the solutions above, I can get the windows back but when I minimize the windows the icons go back to a frozen state. The issue will be at the taskbar. Any more suggestions. The work around that I have explained in my previous comment works the best. But I still need the taskbar button fixed. Reimage did not work. Is it a windows update like a .net framework security patch?
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I do not have any further suggestions except perhaps it is related to the Aero desktop settings? This is a long shot but perhaps disabling and re-enabling the Aero desktop will work?
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Still an ongoing problem. This maybe a roaming profile issue.
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