Right, straight to the point. The taskbar on windows xp doesnt work. The bit where it has the time and date, it has nothing else. it normally has Messenger, Winamp, my wireless netowork card settings, F-prot antivirus thing and ATI Hydravision sign. It's all gone! I haven't used this laptop for ages. the last thing i downloaded was a "the office" screen saver, but i didn't think that would do it because it was from the BBC. Is it something to do with a registry key setting? Any help apreciated.