Specifically, I want it gone. I am using parallels to run windows 7 and I have several ways to get to applications and simply do not need it on the desktop. I know it can be auto-hidden, but I prefer it gone.
You can't delete the taskbar but you can eliminate it.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 98 Windows 2000 Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Beta & Release Candidate
Aviassin Taskbar Eliminator is freeware and portable.
when you click 'Hide Taskbar' it will disappear but the start orb remains visible, however, if you set the the taskbar to 'Auto Hide' before eliminating the taskbar, it works like a charm. the start orb will not appear if you hit the bottom of the screen, ONLY if you press the windows key.
... and then use VistaSwitcher to toggle conveniently between open applications and folders.
You can use a shell replacement such as the ones listed below:
These programs are called shell replacements because they replace the default Windows shell, in this case, the taskbar.