Windows 7 WTF is this, and how can I make it die?

How do I get rid of this little gadget bar at the bottom of the screen (see screen shots below)? It's driving me nuts.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, if that helps any.

Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide to me.

Here are the screen shots:



hey drew, when i click on the rectangular thing in the corner, all it does is make the tool bar small. i've attached a screen shot.

when i right click on the desktop, it doesn't provide any options that would allow me to remove it.

i have a sony vaio laptop i just bought, and i'm beginning to think it's something specific to my computer. i might have to call their support line to get red of it.

however, i'm still holding out hope that maybe someone on here might know how to get rid of it!

screen shot:

Question. Have you check "msconfig" to see what programs start up with windows?

omegatron, cool name.

i just checked, but i am unsure what i should be looking for? is there a name you know of for that little floating gadget bar?

Drew, thank you very much. I will contact Sony's help department.

If any VAIO owners out there know how to get rid of this, then please let me know. I would greatly appreciate the help!

It's a dock program of some sort from what I can tell from your screen shots.

msconfig -> Startup tab

My recommendation is to google all programs (that you don't recognize) there and/or programs and features list.

Drew, and to any other Sony VAIO customers that have this issue and want it corrected. That little gadget bar is a total annoyance.

To get rid of the bar, you go to msconfig, such as you and Omegatron suggested.

From there, under the "Startup" tab is a program called "VAIO Mode Switch" manufactured by Sony Corporation. Disable that, and then restart your computer. That will disable the gadget bar.

Certainly, I am not the only person in the world that owns a VAIO, and I'm sure other owners are just as annoyed by it as I was. Hopefully, this will help them out, too.

Drew and Omegatron, thank you for your assitance and attention to my problem. I greatly appreciate it!

Here is a screen shot:

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