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Unlock Taskbar

By hpr ·
I use Windows XP Home. My taskbar is locked. The checkbox "Lock the Taskbar" is checked, but greyed out. Therefore, I cannot "Unlock the taskbar". What to do?

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by C O R In reply to Unlock Taskbar

Does the account you are logging in to your PC with have administrative rights? If not, that may be the problem. You will need to log in to your PC under the 'Admin' account and modify your rights to 'Power User' or 'Administrator'.

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by jonno112 In reply to Unlock Taskbar

This could be because of a group policy / registry setting. Check out below.

To unlock the Taskbar, try this:

Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

In the right-pane, delete the LockTaskbar value, and quit Registry Editor

For Windows XP Professional, you can also disable this using Group Policy Editor:

Click Start, Run and type GPEDIT.MSC

User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Start Menu and Taskbar

Set Lock the Taskbar policy to Not Configured

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by jonno112 In reply to

Did any of these fix your problem?

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no joy...

by yelena In reply to

The vbs scripts would not run. A box said that it failed to load my settings.

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by Geordie Lad In reply to

I tried the link you suggested, downloaded and ran xp_taskbar_desktop_fixall.vbs and, YES, it did unlock the taskbar. Unfortunately, it also deleted the Quickstart box and its contents! Now I can't even get back to the desktop without closing everything.

Where has the Quickstart box and its content gone and how can I retirieve them?

Grateful for any assistance.

Geordie Lad,

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by Bobby103 In reply to Unlock Taskbar

try going to control panel, click on task bar and start menu.

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