After the last batch of Windows 7 Updates my taskbar has changed from Windows 7 Classic to an appearance more resembling Windows 95 (that's the best way I know how to describe it) ... the start button is square and gray, the taskbar is gray, and the system tray is a much more basic appearance.
At the same time, any time I reboot and log on, I get a popup that Windows cannot connect to the System Event Notification Service. I entered those words into this website's search engine and the only thing I found was to reboot, but that doesn't work because the pop-up reappears after EVERY logon.
Are these two problems related? I can't figure out which updates if any, caused this to suddenly happen, or if the updates are responsible at all.
Has anyone experienced any of this? I've restarted numerous trimes and tried a system restore and none of it remedies either of what has happened.