Hmm... I'm not totaly sure if this is what you are describing, but it sounds like you want the "classic" start menu look, correct?
If so, go to: start - settings - control panel
Under control panel find Taskbar & Start menu
You will want to click on the second tab, should be start menu. Click on classic startbar then say apply and ok, and it should be changed for you.
yea, try the active desktop thing, but if that doesn't work, see if you can like resize it or move it. you probably can't, but that's one of my ideas.
did you try the task manager (crtl alt del\right click start,click task manager) and see if anything relating to my computer is open?
also, alot of my problems are because of internet explorer. if you don't have an internet explorer window opened, go to task manager, and close all of the "iexplorer.exe's". DON'T CLICK EXPLORER ON ACCIDENT! (don't know what happens, but it probably sucks)
wouldn't your computer just restart if you closed explorer?
and i have another idea that just came to me. if all (ALL) else fails, make a copy of your user settings and desktop icons (or, if you don't mind losing some of your stuff), and make a new user name. i did that because something was wrong (don't remember what), and it worked.
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