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  1. Posts : 16
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       21 Jan 2016 #1

    Start Button and taskbar not working


    Please help. Windows 10 has worked pretty well since installing it a couple of months ago but last week suddenly the taskbar is empty and start button not working. I tried the powershell idea but as nothing shows up in the taskbar I can't run as administrator. I'm 62 years old and thought I was slightly tech savvy but this as me beat.
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  2. Posts : 4,771
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       21 Jan 2016 #2

    Does right click at Start button still work ?
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  3. Posts : 16
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    Thread Starter
       21 Jan 2016 #3

    No I'm afraid not
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  4. Posts : 4,771
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       21 Jan 2016 #4

    Questions :

    1. Do you have the habit of creating restore point manually ?
    2. Do you create system image backup regularly ?
    3. You said "taskbar is empty". Does that mean all the icons at the extreme right ( the system tray ) also gone , or they are still there ?
    I mean these ...............................

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  5. Posts : 16
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    Thread Starter
       21 Jan 2016 #5

    No to questions 1 and 2 but obviously something I need to find out about. Question 3 - I have the notification icon (the one that looks like a page with a tick at the bottom and with the up arrow (hidden icons) the only thing showing is skype online.
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  6. Posts : 4,771
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       21 Jan 2016 #6

    OK. We'll fix the current problem first. Keep in mind about system restore and system image backup. They are very very important. They are the first line of attack when you encounter computer problems.

    Back to the issue on hand.
    2 suggestions :
    1. Run the Reset option. This will bring your Win 10 back to the 1st day it was installed.
    This method only allows you to keep you personal files. All 3rd party programs have to be re-installed.

    2. Download the current Windows 10 ISO file > use it to do a Repair install.
    This method do allow you to keep you files, settings and apps.

    Think about it and tell me which one you will choose.
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  7. Posts : 16
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    Thread Starter
       21 Jan 2016 #7

    I'm concerned about what I might lose. If I try 2 will I still lose everything?
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  8. Posts : 4,771
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       21 Jan 2016 #8

    gammalin said: View Post
    I'm concerned about what I might lose. If I try 2 will I still lose everything?
    I believe I have explained quite clearly in my last reply.
    Please read it again.
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  9. Posts : 16
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    Thread Starter
       21 Jan 2016 #9

    My apologies. 2 it is then please.
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  10. Posts : 4,771
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       21 Jan 2016 #10

    OK. Use the link of Media Creation Tool (MCT) below.........

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    Download the Tool and run it.
    Then select
    Create installation media for another PC
    That will begin downloading the ISO file to your computer.
    When download is completed, RIGHT click at the ISO > click Mount > click Setup.exe.
    That will begin installing Windows 10.
    You have the choice of keeping settings, files and apps, or keeping nothing.
    No product key is required.
    Activation will be automatic.
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