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Taskbar Not Working

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tech.dude, Jul 22, 2006.

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    My taskbar is frozen. I tried closing explorer.exe and opening it again. My taskbar is still not working. The rest of my computer is fine, except when i go to the taskbar, the hourglass shows and it seems like it is loading, but it stays like that and the taskbar/start menu is unusable. I put the Windows Xp installation cd in and copied the explorer.exe and explorer.scf from the cd and replaced the two in my Windows folder(I found them in the I386 folder on the cd and renamed .ex_ to .exe and the .sc_ to .scf). The taskbar still doesn't work.


    I've found a way to temporarily unfreeze my taskbar, but its a pain in the *** to do it after every logon and restart. I open task manager and end some of the system processes. A window pops up saying that explorer.exe has encountered an error and needs to close. When it re-opens, the taskbar is fine.
     
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    I fixed it. It turns out it was a driver/process making my taskbar malfunction. Everytime I ended the process, the taskbar would work again. I went into msconfig and found no program that launches at startup even close to that name, but I found a service called 'Smart Card' and that is close to the name of the process that I end. I unchecked it and rebooted my pc. Now my taskbar is functioning again.
     
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