How to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working

Before the Windows 10 Falls Creator update, many Windows 10 users have reported the issues relating taskbar on Microsoft forum. The issues such as  “Windows 10 Start Menu Not working”, “Windows 10 Taskbar Not Responding” or “Windows 10 Taskbar Auto hiding” are very popular. There are many reasons that cause the taskbar errors in Windows 10 OS. Until now, there is no direct solution to fix the issues, but you can follow some troubleshooting methods below to easily resolve Windows 10 taskbar not working problem.

Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working Issue

Restart Your Computer

In some cases, a simple measure of restarting your computer can fix the Windows 10 taskbar not working issue. If you are using a PC, just press the Restart button to reboot your computer. For Windows laptops, you can press the Power button for around 7 seconds to do a force restart. Believe it or not but, almost of issues can be fixed just by restarting your PC

Check for Updates

There is a small patch update released to fixed the Windows 10 taskbar not working issue. Simply go to Settings and then click on Update & Security.

Now, select Check for Updates and install any available update. Once done, check if the taskbar issue on your Windows 10 computer has already been fixed.

Update Drivers

The outdated drivers can also cause many issues for Windows 10, including the taskbar not working issue or the taskbar not responding issue. You should update your drivers manually or use third-party software to do that. “Driver Talent” software is also a good choice as it can automatically search for the latest drivers and then install them on your computer. Once finished, check the issue again. In case you still fail to get the success, move to next steps.

Restart Windows Explorer

Another method to fix the taskbar issues is restarting the Windows Explorer. The completely restarted Windows Explorer will restore all functionalities of the Taskbar. To do so, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC buttons to open Task Manager. Now, choose Processes Tab and click on Windows Explorer.

Right click on it to choose Restart. Wait for a moment and your taskbar will reboot.

Run Windows Powershell 

Although there are many ways to run the Windows Powershell, we only mention the easiest way to you. Just follow the below steps to fix the Windows 10 taskbar not working issues.

  1. Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC buttons to open Task Manager
  2. Click on File at the top corner and choose Run a New Task
  3. enter powershell and check the Create this task with administrative privileges box and hit ENTER.
  4. In the next screen, paste the following code: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}
  5. Wait until all the apps are re-installed. Skip any error messages.
  6. Now, close Powershell and head to C:/Users/{Your Computer_Name}/AppData/Local
  7. Take note a folder, named  Delete it.
  8. Once done, restart your PC once again and check the result.

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Refresh Your Windows 10

If none of above methods works, then you should refresh your Windows 10. It’s similar to re-installing the OS but still keeping all the user files. All your documents will be retained. Simply follow these steps below to refresh your Windows to resolve Windows 10 taskbar not working issue.

  1. Press WINDOWS + L buttons to sign out your account. You will then be taken to the Login page.
  2. Hold down the SHIFT key and choose RESTART option at the lower right corner to boot the Windows in the Troubleshooting Mode.
  3. You will now see a blue screen. Just select Troubleshootfollowed by Reset This PC and then click on Keep My Files After that, follow on-screen instructions to complete refreshing your computer.

That’s it! The taskbar not working issue on your Windows 10 should have been resolved. Let’s know which method works for you.