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Windows 7 taskbar shows programs running but the Window is not opening

I've had this problem with a few programs before, but each time I've been able to fix it with a system restore. But I've just recently done a system restore, and now Microsoft OneNote is acting up. When I click on the icon (from anywhere) to open it, it shows that it's running in the taskbar, but I can't seem to get the screen to open up. If I hover over it, Windows Aero will show me the screen, but I can't access the program. I can't close it through right click either - I have to go through task manager. No error or 'not responding' messages have shown up.

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After rebooting your PC run Office Diagnostics from any Office module or by usiing Add/Remove, or the Office cd

See if that helps

If the problem remains, boot the PC into Safe Mode, and see if the problem is replicated

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Everything works fine in safe mode, but when I start up the computer normally again, the problem is back

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Hi hatred and love,

It's possible that you could have accidently moved the Window off the desktop screen so that you can't access it anymore.  Please see the following article under Issue #2:

http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/maintenance/pcproblems.aspx

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Nup, that doesn't seem to be the problem =/

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If it runs fine in Safe Mode, run msconfig in StartUp Tab disable all, reboot, accepting the msg.

Is it all OK now?

If so, msconfig again,StartUp Tab, enable a batch of startups, reboot, retest.

Its a case of repeateding the above untill you can pin point the app causing the issue

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I know it's been a while, but I kind of gave up on trying to solve this, instead just using system restore each time.

But now, I don't have a restore point from before the problem, and my windows explorer isn't working. No matter where I try to open it from or what I'm opening, it still opens in the taskbar, but the actual application window refuses to show.

I've disabled all startup programs as well as services, and it still doesn't work, but it's completely fine in Safe Mode.

If it makes any difference, this problem usually happens after I've run a full-screen program.

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Hi,

It's possible there may be an issue with your actual user account.  Can you try creating a new account to test it?  Please see the article below for instructions:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/Windows7/Create-a-user-account

If you see improvement, it could be your current account is corrupt.  Please see the following article with troubleshooting steps on how to fix a corrupt account:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

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Everything went smoothly, except for some reason now I can't open windows explorer/control panel at all from my new account o.O It's an administrator account, but it says that 'windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. you may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item'. I've used my other administrator account to change all the permissions and everything, but it still won't let me open it. I could open it if I ran it as an administrator before, but now it says server execution failed.

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