I can only say that this issue has been reported previously and as far as I know (but I may be wrong) no final solution has yet been provided. Here are some selected posts from the old forum and also more recent posts.
As you can see, one of the users claimed that the issue was caused by an external Skype recording application and another user maybe has solved the problem by uninstalling/reinstalling webcam and microphone. Hard to believe, but who knows?
The only what I can suggest is to try to reset all settings to default. You can do this by renaming the %appdata%\skype folder. Quit Skype. Go to Windows Search/Run box and type %appdata%, press Enter or the OK button. This will open your Windows Explorer. Locate the Folder with the name Skype. Rename this folder to something different like Skype_old. Restart Skype. A new %appdata%\skype folder will be recreated with all settings reset to default.
The other thing that you can try is to create a so called portable installation. You can follow the procedure provided here but just use your own version of Skype.exe instead of the mentioned version 4.2.
If you have access to any other version of Skype.exe, then you can also check if the problem can be resolved with other version of Skype without running any uninstall/reinstall procedure.
Hi, I + some other friends have same problems- have Welcome commbuddy - and thats it-no Menu bar - cant enter new contacts or to entered ones - cant call etc. Skype chaos!
I have Win.Vista Home Premium. Dont know what Skype ver. installed end 2010 - 5.0?. Have another account which works perfectly. Have tried everything w/ this one incl. tips nothing works.
If only Skpe Help would run Links to their instructions instead of endless advertising for new customers -then they wouldnt have so many questions from existing members.
One would think that Skype could solve this on their own.
At any rate - do you have any additional ideas as how to solve these menu problems?
Turns out that MX Skype Recorder was causing the problem. I uninstalled it, and now all my full menu has returned. Weird, but thank you ruwim for all your assistance! You were very helpful with my problems.