Many, many times. I've uninstalled some "garbage" stuff. I installed something legit and had like 6 different "tool bars" and programs install, even though I did custom install and unchecked it all. Why do they use things like CNet to distribute their software? More and more unwanted stuff are also installed. So when I was ferreting that stuff down, I uninstalled about everything I never expected to use ever. No good. When working on UI modification in the games I play, I have resources to use that highlights the window so it can be edited, some that when you mouse over it tells you the name of the application that is using that space at that time, or just simply makes it so the square can be moved and resized. Isn't there something like that for windows? That tells you what is there?
Further on the debugging path I have switched blinds several times, turned off the aero hide that is in that corner, and increased the task bar to double height. Double height seems to help, but now my already too small 1366 x 768 screen has a major bit of real estate gone. With the games I need to have windowed so that I can watch the GPU temperature. It seems there is no 64bit in game temperature monitoring available, so since it is a cranky ol' machine with a noisy high speed on it's fan, I need to watch. Which let to the discovery of the dead spot.