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Taskbar crashing?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Taskbar crashing?


    Hey all,

    Recently, my taskbar started doing a strange crashing/restarting thing. It disappears for a second, leaving behind the drop shadow, then restarts and works fine. Looks like this:

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    See the shadow line there?

    I was able to duplicate it when I realized it would happen each time I opened an old program, but also happens at seemingly random times. Sometimes it takes just a second to reboot, other times it stays this way for a minute before returning.

    Anyone else seen this before?

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  2. #2


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Do you have AutoHide the Taskbar enabled?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    I do, but this is a different, actual problem -- not the taskbar just hiding. Sorry, should have explained it better.

    When it disappears, as in, goes away and can't be accessed, it leaves behind that shadow. Then, as I mentioned, sometimes goes away for a few seconds, other times around a minute. Can't access the start button, or any of the tabs on the taskbar until it restarts.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mlengel View Post
    Can't access the start button, or any of the tabs on the taskbar until it restarts.
    Does your work? Or +1, 2 etc for the pinned taskbar icons...
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    Windows 8.1


    Looks like they do, yeah. (Had to start that program that I know causes the issue to figure that out. Assuming it still works during the other random times it freezes too.)

    Any ideas what's causing it? How to fix it? I suppose I'm OK with hitting the Windows key each time, but of course, I'd rather the issue just go away.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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