Aha! I discovered what the problem is, although it’s a problem that shouldn’t be happening….
I had Windows taskbar at the top of my screen (so that, when my mouse slides down the angled bed tray that I work on and hits the bottom of the screen, the little window snapshots won’t pop up and get in my way). When I moved the Windows taskbar to the bottom, the status bar reappeared!
I don’t know why the position of my taskbar makes a difference (it shouldn’t, as it’s taking up the same amount of space either way), but, apparently, it does. I guess I’ll go report this as a bug or enhancement request or something….
Thanks, Adam, (and thanks, again, Bryan) for taking the time to respond!