User Experience Engineering

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Start Menu Blackout

Windows Start Menu Blacks Out

Windows XP, after waking from a "stand by" or hibernate, sometimes has a broken Start Menu. The list of programs appears blacked out. Mousing over it produces no hand cursor, context help, or links to programs. This screen shot is from a Dell laptop running Windows XP Media Center Edition. The only solution I have found is to kill explorer.exe and relaunch it. After restarting explorer with the Windows still running, the program icons in the task bar appear in reverse order (last-launched on left, first-launched on the right).


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