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I have problem with newest 7100 build after upgrading from 7057. I use to have my taskbar on top. On every other position this problem can be eliminated by changing taskbar icon size to big a than to small. But on top position there is still somthing from "big buttons". You can see it on screen in atachement (Its the best case, in other cases I can maximize window more than with big buttons). I dont know how to solve this problem. Can somebody help?

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I did a clean install (not upgrade) of Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (32 bit) on a D810 laptop about a month ago. This laptop has been put through the paces by a mobile professional. It is the user's only computer. No problems have surfaced yet.

Basic Win7 installation is seamless and relatively quick. The laptop was somewhat functional after the basic Win7 install, but some of the D810 devices did not have drivers installed; other devices needed driver updates. Here is a list of device drivers which required installation or updating, and the order in which the work was performed:
File: D810_A05.exe Source: support.dell.com Description: One-time update of laptop BIOS, before Win7 install.
File: R104771.EXE Source: support.dell.com Description: ATI Mobility Radeon X600 Display Adapter. Note: After installing the driver and rebooting, the adapter was set to 1680 x 1050 resolution and 32 bit true color for the 15.4 inch WSXGA+ screen.
File: R155386.EXE Source: support.dell.com site Description: Intel Pro Wireless 2915ABG Wireless LAN Controller.
File: R165177.EXE Source: support.dell.com site Description: TI PCI 6515 (i.e. SmartCard controller).
File: R99254.EXE Source: support.dell.com site Description: Sigmatel 9751 Audio Controller Driver.
File: tpdrv-20081027104556.zip Source: http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-...1027104556.zip Description: Touchpad driver. Note: The latest available Alps and Synaptics touchpad drivers did not work. This Toshiba driver offers 100% touchpad functionality, but does not expose specific controls/settings for the integrated pointing device. The integrated pointing device and its buttons do work OK; they are just not configurable.
File: IPx86_1033_7.00.260.0.exe Source: microsoft.com Description: Microsoft IntelliPoint 7.0 Mouse Software for Presenter 8000 Wireless Mouse. Note: The point here is to install the touchpad driver and configure the touchpad before a wireless mouse.
Install printer driver(s) next.
File: mssefullinstall-x86fre-en-us-vista-win7.exe Source: microsoft.com Description: Free virus scanner with real time protection.D810 customers were provided with a few choices for display screen, video display adapters, wired and WIFI network controllers, and Bluetooth controllers. The devices listed above may not be the devices installed in your D810.

In general, the latest 32 bit device drivers available for download were used. If a Win7 driver was not available, a Vista compatible driver was sought after. These drivers, Microsoft Security Essentials, and other useful tools/utilities were burned onto a DVD prior to the Win7 install. This approach permits the workstation to be setup, configured, and secured without the need for network connectivity or access to the internet.

Although not always required, the computer was rebooted after each driver install or update. No apps were installed until all the device driver work was completed. Each device was configured/tested upon reboot after the driver was installed. After all drivers were installed, configured, and tested, Security Essentials was installed and configured, then Windows Updates were applied, then applications were installed.

The operating system, drivers, and MS updates required about 10.75 gigs of hard disk space for the Ultimate version (no apps). Some unnecessary operating system "features" were installed (e.g. games). No attempt was made to optimize or minimize space.

Some random comments/observations:
Prior to the Win7 install, this particular D810 sample was running WinXP SP3 and had already had been upgraded to 2 gigs of physical RAM. 2 gigs is the maximum supported by the D810. The laptop is 4 1/2 years old; the laptop's user is the original owner. Up until the week before the conversion to Win7, the XP configuration was stable and very reliable.
The user's impressions:
While navigating the user interface to work with files, open apps, perform administrative tasks, Win7 performance is slightly slower than WinXP SP3. The user describes the difference as "barely noticeable". Some applications definitely run much faster on Win7 (e.g. image post processing, using office apps with massive documents, code compiles).The user does not like the many aspects of the Win7 user interface (e.g. forced changes to Start Menu, Taskbar, Windows Explorer, the layered access to workstation configuration/management/administration tools). After a month of 12 hour days, using the Start Menu and accessing workstation configuration/management functionality is still a struggle.
To protect against viruses and malware, the organization that owns this laptop has used a handful of third party security-related products on their workstations. Over the last few years, these products have suffered from functionality bloat and incompatibility problems, creating a number of difficult to troubleshoot problems which are never resolved by the third party vendors. As the organization migrates to Win7, it is abandoning all of the third party products, in favor of Microsoft's free Security Essentials tool.
The organization uses a variety of Adobe products, mostly for image processing and desktop publishing. Some of these are older versions and would not install or run on Win7. The organization has cost/support/standardization constraints which sometimes prevent them from deploying the very latest versions of the products, even if they are entitled to use them via enterprise licensing agreements. As a result of the Win7 migration experience, they are reducing the number of different Adobe SKU's they deploy. Restoring lost Adobe application functionality can make migration to Win7 expensive.
While the Aero Themes are available on this D810 sample, some of the advanced functionality (e.g. transparency) are not. However, the overall video graphics and display experience is somewhat better in Win7 than WinXP SP3.
After confirming Win7 would run on the D810 platform, the original 60 gig 7200 RPM Hitachi TravelStar 2.5 inch ATA-100 hard drive was replaced with a 160 gig 5400 RPM Samsung PATA hard drive (HM160HC) for about $80 shipped. For the user of this laptop, the slower spindle speed of the Samsung is noticeable but not objectionable.
Native operating support for backup and for the CD/DVD writer is also a big plus; no more third party apps.
This D810 sample supports version 1.1 of the Trusted Platform Module. Win7 BitLocker requires version 1.2 TPM, so (arguably) the best drive encryption features are not available on the D810. NTFS file/folder level encryption is available.Mods: Newbie on board; if there is a better location for this thread, please move it.

Just installed Vista on a Asus P5N32-E motherboard, Core 2 Duo E6700, 4gb of RAM, nVidia 8800GTX w/512mb, and an Audigy 2 ZS sound card. Got the drivers installed, got the software installed, everything was going fine until... I set the task bar to autohide. Then I couldn't get it back. Just could get it to un-autohide. Once I restarted the computer the taskbar popped up for a second and I was able to get the properties window up and I de-selected the "autohide" option. Nothing changed. Restarted the computer again. Taskbar pops up for a second, I get the taskbar properties back up and "autohide" isn't selected... but the taskbar is doing it anyway!

Any suggestions or instructions on what to look for in the registry so I can maybe go in and edit something to make it work the way it's supposed to?

Out of nowhere the startmenu, hovering over objects on the taskbar, right clicking desktop to menu, using task manager: all of these are now very slow. The thing is periodically it will run fine even though I have the same number of applications running and haven't really changed anything. Everything else runs fast, it's just the windows interface that is slow.

I am on an Asus UL80Vt notebook.

Thanks for anyone who can help. I am new to windows 7.

Just today, my computer shut down to do some Windows updates; annoying, but something I've come to randomly expect from Microsoft's products. It is the only programming change I have noticed within the last 24 hours.
Okay, to my problem. It seems that whenever I start my computer up my taskbar is frozen until I hit control-alt-delete. After that, at least so far, I have been able to use the taskbar fully. But it bothers me that suddenly my taskbar will not work properly on system start. The desktop still worked fine, applications would start, but it took a control-alt-delete to make any progress on the taskbar. All I had to do on the screen was cancel out of it, but I can't think of what could have caused the issue. Any advice would be helpful, and any solutions would be appreciated.

Hi everyone,

I just wasted my Sunday afternoon trying to figure this one out and thought I'd spare anybody the waste of time.

Since installing the Windows 7 RC, I had sporadically had trouble with my desktop icons and taskbar not appearing when I started up. I went on a wild goose chase changing user accounts and found that when you change your settings to having multiple user accounts (one of which you have to log into at startup) the problem manifested itself as a blank screen with a lonely mouse pointer that was useless.

The answer was to start up in "Safe Mode" and then take a look at my monitor setup (I got there via "Adjust Screen Resolution"). I found that the monitor was set up for 2 monitors instead of just one. I set it to just the one monitor and I've never had the problem again.

Took me the best part of 4 hours to figure that out, and I only figured it out by accident when I hit the "Switch monitor" button on my monitor accidently when I was trying to hit the power button.

Hope this is useful to someone.


Is there any way to keep the windows thumbnail taskbar preview up all the time instead of it hiding when you mouse over to something else?

I've tried solutions given on other similar questions on this forum, but no solution.

Every now and then, the Windows 7 taskbar just freezes... I can't click on any of the taskbar icons, the windows clock freezes, if I hover over any of the taskbar icons they won't "glow", etc., and clicking multiple times rapidly on the taskbar eventually causes Explorer to crash and restart on its on. This problem occurs every 5 minutes or so, and I've tried the usual methods of fixing: antivirus scans, chkdsk, sfc and hijackthis. The problem remains.

Any suggestions?

Windows 7 Ultimate w/ SP1
64-bit Operating System
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20 GHz

Recently I installed a program called Advanced System Optimizer. Not a spyware issue or anything like that, it is actually a legitimate program. However it decided to optimize -something- in my system which now causes any game window I open to flicker and jump terribly.

If I minimize a window it also take multiple clicks just to try and bring it up, or combinations of clicking the taskbar icon, clicking Aero Peek previews and hitting Enter when it's highlighted. Needless to say, it's getting a bit ridiculous.

I've already disabled Aero Snap and Sidebar just in case there was a conflict, and I had absolutely -no- graphics related issues before this, so I'm doubting it's hardware related.

I sadly don't have a restore point and would like to make repairing my Windows 7 install a last resort.

Any ideas out there?

I wanted to work on two windows side by side and I dragged one window to the left of the screen and it took up half the screen and then I dragged the other window to the right of the screen so that it would take up the other half, and I guess I dragged it too far and let go and it stayed there.

What I mean is that I cannot see the window anymore on the moniter because it is too far to the right. I can't see any part of the window and even if I close it using the taskbar and reopen it, it goes to the same place.

I know its still too far to the right because when the window is open and i minimize it and maximize it from the taskbar(as i can't do so from the regular window because I cannot see it) I can see it's path as it travels from the taskbar to the right of my screen towards the position its in, which is completely off my monitor.

its a little confusing, i know but any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

I have accidentally deleted the desktop icon off the taskbar.
Creating a shortcut for the desktop and putting in the taskbar doesnt work
because it opens up a separate window which shows the contents of the desktop,
how can I get it to behave the way the original icon / shortcut did by taking me
directly to the actual desktop?

I believe the right hand column on the Start Menu is called Windows Links.
Is there a way to add a link to a local folder here? I would like to create a link to Program Files which is not an option on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties>Start Menu tab>Customize Start Menu menu.

Thanks in advance.

Hi people!

New here on the forum. Here a thing that's been bugging me for ages. If you open a folder, you only see the beginning of the path in the taskbar. I usually work with many open windows and can't really tell which one's which until I click them. Is there a way to see what folder you're in instead of showing the path?

Note that I don't group items in the taskbar since I want an overview of what's running all the time.


Describes a problem that occurs when you try to use some function keys or keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 when the language bar is docked in the taskbar. Keys or keyboard shortcuts, such as Fn+F6, the Mute key, and the Calc key, are effected two times.


# windowsdownloads Windows: Ever wish you could tweak the taskbar's shortcuts, or add other features Microsoft forgot about? 7+ Taskbar Tweaker adds a ton of extra settings and shortcuts to the Windows taskbar, and it works in Windows 7 and 8. More »


There are things in Windows the vast majority of us never touch. Look at your system, and then look at your friends' PCs. Do you all have the same Start Menu button? The same items in the desktop context menu? Do you all have the same logon screen and taskbar thumbnail size? I'm betting the answer to all of these questions is "yes." The reason for this uniformity is not lack of personal ...


There are things in Windows the vast majority of us never touch. Look at your system, and then look at your friends' PCs. Do you all have the same Start Menu button? The same items in the desktop context menu? Do you all have the same logon screen and taskbar thumbnail size?


# linuxdownloads If you're building a computer for a relative or friend and wish to avoid the cost of Windows 7 you might look into Zorin—the Linux OS' elements such as the taskbar, file system, start menu, and desktop all work just like in Windows. This combined with Zorin having the WINE Windows Emulator preinstalled means that the end user can install Windows programs easily. More »


Hi, I just bought a Gateway computer yesterday with Windows 7 preinstalled on it, and last night I tried to wake it from sleep but when I did, it didn't show the taskbar, icons or start button. All I could see was the background. I tried the "ctrl+shift+esc" method to fix it, but when I hit those keys nothing happened. I'm at a loss, and I don't want to return the computer! Help please?!

The new Windows 7 taskbar provides capabilities that you can (and should) take advantage of in your applications. These capabilities include Jump Lists, pinning, live taskbar previews and more. In this screencast, Kate Gregory (@gregcons) provides an overview of these capabilities and demonstrates how to support them in your applications built with the MFC (Microsoft Foundation Class) library.


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