Fix: Windows 7 Taskbar Disappeared
There’s been some complaints recently regarding Windows 7 taskbar disappears all of a sudden especially when your computer wakes up from sleep mode or screensaver. This is somewhat a bug in Windows 7 that has been reported but does not have a proper fix yet. The below screenshot is what you would have seen if you’ve encountered this problem.
That’s weird, isn’t it? The start menu is still there and functioning, but the rest are all gone. Not only that, if you right click the area where the taskbar is supposed to be, you get the right-click context menu for the desktop, as if it’s totally gone.
Although it’s still an unsolved bug, I believe Microsoft will look into this matter and provide a fix sooner or later. In this case, be sure to switch on the Automatic Windows Update for your Windows so that you get the fix if it’s available. As for now you can try out the below solutions which in fact have worked for some people.
Fix: Incompatible Drivers or Broken Registry
Why the problem only strikes you but not any of your friends? Perhaps this is the reason why Microsoft doesn’t think that this is their problem. Some drivers might not be compatible with Windows 7 and therefore you have to keep every single driver of your hardware up to date. People find this task especially difficult to accomplish because they have to search for the right drivers one by one. However, there’s a tool that can scan and update your drivers to the latest version automatically. We proudly recommend Driver Robot.
Beside that, the most possible reason of this problem could be some crashed registry that clogged up in your computer. We recommend you to download Registry Easy to scan and fix all your registry errors that cause many different kinds of problems in your PC.
Advanced Fix: Re-launch explorer.exe
This works for almost everyone who faced this problem before, but it’s a temporary solution and the problem may just come back anytime. Follow the steps below to restart your explorer.exe:
- Hold Ctrl + Alt, then press Del.
- Select the last option – Start Task Manager.
- From the task manager window, go to the Process tab.
- Locate and select explorer.exe, and then click End Process to terminate the process.
- Now the Start menu should be gone too. Go to Applications tab.
- Click on New Task button.
- Type explorer.exe into the open field, and then hit OK.
- Whoops! Taskbar reappear again.