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Thread: Start menu missing or disappeared in Windows

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    oldgirl is offline New Member
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    sutton, , surrey.UK

    Unhappy Start menu missing or disappeared in Windows

    I have somehow managed to lose start menu from the task bar where its always been. I was trying to download firefox and suddenly noticed that the start menu had gone. In its place was am icon for"show desktop"

    How do I get it bk? Pl help.

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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    Jun 2008


    First I'd suggest you try a system restore, back to a good point.

    Uninstall any third-party customization software you may have installed.

    Righ-click taskbar. Uncheck Lock taskbar. Refresh Desktop. Check Lock taskbar option and see if it has helped.

    If it does not help, open an elevated CMD and Run sfc /scannow to run the system file checker.

    Right-click taskbar > Start Menu Properties > Ensure that the Auto-hide the taskbar option has not been selected by mistake.

    Open Task Manager and ensure that you can see explorer.exe process. Of not restart the explorer.exe process and see if it helps. Else you may want to see this post: Fix: Windows explorer.exe does not start at startup

    Hope something helps.

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