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I have no idea how he did it but on my dad's Vista laptop, there is a window at the top; you can only drag it down but not remove, minimize or maximize it as those options do not appear. I restarted but it's still there.

Here's a screenshot of what I mean:

strange window

How do I remove it? It used to be my laptop but I've never seen that when I used it.

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Umm, you appear to have already asked this and accepted an answer on Stack Overflow.… – Andy Nov 22 '09 at 12:54
I thanked that user for forwarding me here. so It wouldn't appear in the unanswered questions. but that didn't fix my problem – krike Nov 22 '09 at 13:38
Ah, so you did, apologies. Glad you fixed it in the end! – Andy Nov 22 '09 at 15:13
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The grey bar at the top is a user-created toolbar.

On the left end, there is a dotted vertical line.
Right-click the line and select "Close toolbar".

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thanks :) I right clicked everywhere except there xD lol – krike Nov 22 '09 at 13:37

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