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Apps running on desktop keep minimizing & taskbar missing

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    Apps running on desktop keep minimizing & taskbar missing


    While using Internet Explorer in desktop mode I can browse for a few seconds and then the program disappears. It may reappear in a few minutes or sometime not at all. It is most annoying. Also my taskbar has disappeared and won't pop up when I put the cursor at the bottom of the screen. The computer did a windows update a few weeks ago and the problem seems to have started since the update.

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    By the Ocean
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    This sounds like your Explorer (Windows Explorer) is turning off and restarting intermittently...I don't know what to suggest other than getting any new important update that comes along.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by patfield View Post
    While using Internet Explorer in desktop mode I can browse for a few seconds and then the program disappears. It may reappear in a few minutes or sometime not at all. It is most annoying. Also my taskbar has disappeared and won't pop up when I put the cursor at the bottom of the screen. The computer did a windows update a few weeks ago and the problem seems to have started since the update.
    Any system restore points made before updates went in ? Check Windows update history get dates when most recent updates went in. What to do when Internet Explorer isn't working - Windows Help

    Check for updates to your video card drivers. Try computer manufacturer's site first. Or find out card in system go to that manufacturer's site for updates also.

    Try to run System File checker keyboard Win + x select Command Prompt (admin)

    copy and paste sfc /scannow

    Same command prompt copy paste

    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

    Any setting changes in taskbar properties to Auto hide it ?
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Is Taskbar always missing now ?

    Press “Alt” + “Ctrl” + “Del” keys on the keyboard and select “Task Manager” to open it.

    First in Details tab, do you see explorer.exe listed ?


    On the “Task Manager” window, click on “File” menu and select “Run new task”.

    Type “explorer.exe” in the “Open” box.

    Click on “OK” and check if you are able to find the taskbar now.

    You can even try opposite of end task of explorer.exe in task manager Detail tab, then Run new Task, type explorer.exe
    May even try rebuild icon cache
    Icon Cache - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Also could be it was resized if not hidden
    See solution here https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=592

    Could also being done from another program, possibly an Anti-Virus minimizing application and IE
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