Thanks, tried that did not do anything. But I was thinking a bit this morning and I really feel lika an jerk because I didn't think of this before. I went into the control panel, system, hardware, device manager, and under display adapters it showed the video card and the intel graphics controller that was installed in the computer itself. I turned off the intel graphics controller so the radeon video card was the only graphics controller running, and pop up came the start button and task bar.
of course no where in the installation instruction it tells you to turn off any other graphic controllers that may be running.
thank you for your help, much appreciated.