Windows 10 Taskbar not working [FIX]

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In all Windows operating systems, there have been problems with the user interface. Same goes for Windows 10. It’s very annoying and frustrating if something doesn’t work, especially if you have to use it very frequently like Taskbar. In this article, we are going to explain how to fix problems associated with Windows 10 Taskbar. Whether Windows Start button doesn’t work or Taskbar freezes or becomes unresponsive. We will try to fix all these issues. There are different solutions or methods that might help. Read more to find out!

Other Windows errors:

1. Restarting Windows Explorer

Let’s start with the most simple solution that doesn’t require commanding your system and doing something that you have to do very carefully like using PowerShell and Command Prompt. This is a simple fix that will restore your Taskbar in working order in no time. It will work great if the issue with Taskbar is minor. A simple restart of Windows Explorer might bring back your Taskbar to life. How to manage this, follow steps below:

  1. First, you will have to run Task Manager. This can be done in several ways like pressing ctrl + alt + DEL at the same time and choosing Task Manager, Or you can find it in Windows Search as well as open it in Run by entering taskmgr.exe and hitting Enter.Task Manager
  2. Now you have to press More details section.More details
  3. Under Processes tab find Windows Processes and look for Windows Explorer. Right-click on it and choose “End task“. Or just select Windows Explorer and press “Restart” button.End task windows explorer
  4. After few seconds Windows Explorer task will relaunch itself. Now check if your Taskbar is working properly.

Note: If this solution resolves the problem only temporary and the issue keeps returning, try solutions below.

2. Checking for bad Explorer add-ons

Before working with Powershell, let’s try to fix this issue with another simple solution. You will have to Boot your PC in Clean Boot State and locate the offender by trial and error method. Some add-on might interfere with explorer.exe in the result causing Taskbar that doesn’t work. If you manage to identify this add-on, remove or disable it to see if it makes any difference.

3. Re-registering the Taskbar or performing a fix with Powershell

If you try previous solutions but they only fix this issue temporarily, and it keeps coming back, or they didn’t work at all, you will have to fix it using Windows Powershell. Powershell is something similar to well-known Command Prompt (you can launch it through Command Prompt). It’s used to configure system settings. Note that this is a bit more complicated solution so make sure you follow all steps correctly.

  1. In Windows Search type “Windows Powershell” and open it. Or you can open it through Command Prompt by entering command PowerShell and hitting Enter. You can use both of these and it doesn’t affect further steps.Powershell
  2. Next, you will have to copy and paste the following command in the Command Prompt and hit Enter.
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} 
  3. Once you have executed the previous command, go to the following directory of Windows Explorer. (Name is your Account Username)
    C:/Users/name/AppData/Local/
  4. Scroll down the list and locate TileDataLayer folder, delete it. Check if your taskbar is working.

4. Fixing unclickable Taskbar

If you face the issue where you can’t click on anything on your Taskbar – it’s non-responsive, you might want to run a command in Command Prompt:

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

When done, restart your computer.

This is a very easier process, but there is a drawback – in the process, all Windows 10 apps will be removed.

5. Repopulating the Taskbar

If your Taskbar is missing icons, you might want to execute a command through Command Prompt. All you have to do is open it and copy-paste follow command, then hit enter:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Conclusion

Hopefully, one of five solutions did help, and now you have a functional Taskbar. If you have a relatively fresh Windows without too many programs, you could reinstall it and face zero problems. However, if you don’t want to and can’t find any solution to this frustrating problem, maybe you should let a special tool do its job. We recommend using Reimage repair software for fixing simple Windows errors. This tool will scan your computer and then offer all possible fixes. All you have to do then is press “Repair All.”

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