7 for Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working, Unresponsive, Frozen

From the past few weeks onwards, I was experiencing an error in my Windows 10 PC. Windows 10 taskbar not working was the issue that I was facing. Whenever I try to open an app pinned to the Taskbar or try to Open Start, it won’t work at all. I tried many tweaks to fix it, later I found some methods to fix this issue. Yes, I know this problem is serious. It happens with a lot of Windows 10 Users.  I, took this problem into consideration after my Friend told me about this issue on his Laptop.

Windows 10 is a great Operating System and it is the latest addition to the Microsoft family. Windows 10 is said to be the last OS that Microsoft will have. No later version of Windows 10 will be available. All major and minor updates will be delivered to the user through Online Updates. Just like what we get in our Android Device. Windows 10 is a complex OS with a lot of functionality which other Windows OS does not has.

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Windows 10 taskbar not working issue can be easily fixed with a simple tweak. I will be sharing different methods to solve the Windows 10 Taskbar not working error. You can go through all methods and get rid of this error. If any method doesn’t get it right for you, you can jump into the next method and give it a try. If you are facing this issue, It’s the time for FIX.

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Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working – FIX

Windows 10 users are facing various issues with the OS. Windows 10 KMode Exception Not Handled and Windows 10 File Explorer Crash is the other major problem faced by Windows 10 Users.

1. Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Issue with Powershell

Sometimes you encounter Unclickable Taskbar or some issue related to it. See how to fix it.

  • Right-click on the Windows 10 Start button in the Taskbar
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin) option and Launch CMD.

OR

  • Press Windows Key + R
  • Now, in the dialogue box that appears, type PowerShell and hit enter

And follow the below-given steps:

  • In the CMD PowerShell window paste the code given below

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  • Wait for it to complete the Command process.
  • Once this is done, Open up Windows File Explorer and go to the directory mentioned below. (Replace username with your Windows User Name)

C:/Users/UserName/AppData/Local/

  • Now, you will find a folder named TileDataLayer
  • Delete that Folder
  • Once done, Taskbar will start to work as normal

Note:- If you can’t delete the folder name TileDataLayer, it’s because the data is running in the background. To stop the Background process, Open  Service Manager and Stop Tile Data Model Server.

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2. Windows 10 Taskbar Icons Not Working

Let us try to solve the Windows 10 taskbar not working issue with the help of CMD. In this method, we are using the Command Prompt or CMD to fix the issue. Read the instructions carefully and try it yourself.

  • Open CMD or Command Prompt as Administrator. – Windows Key + R > Type CMD > Hit Enter
  • Now, the CMD Windows will open up.
  • Copy the Command Code mentioned below

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

  • Paste the same in the CMD Window
  • Hit enter

Everything is done!

3. Fix Frozen Taskbar by Restarting Windows File Explorer

In this method, We will try restarting our Windows File Explorer. Follow the steps clearly.

  • Open Windows Task Manager
  • Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select Task Manager

Or

  • Click Windows Key + R, and type taskmgr.exe, it will launch Task Manager
  • In the Process tab, find Windows Explorer and click on it.

Stop Windows File Explorer

  • Click on the Restart button.
  • It will stop the Windows File Explorer process and restart it.

May this can solve the issue.

4. Update Drivers

I am not sure if this method can fix this issue. But, I see hope in this method. Because An outdated Driver can bring certain errors and can stop working some components of Windows File Explorer as well.

Go through the Device Manager and update all drivers available for updates. Be sure to Update your Graphics driver to the latest version.

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5. Update Windows Components

Updating Driver might fix all the issues related to Taskbar, but again these are for drivers. Bugs and some other problems in Windows can also cause Taskbar from not working. This is the reason why we are updating Windows components. We can see the list of all new incoming updated from the Windows Update section by going to Settings.

  • Open Windows Settings
  • Now go to the Updates & Security section. You can see all the available updates here in this section. If you find any new updates in this place, be sure to update it instantly

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  • After the downloading is done, install the updates.
  • You might be required to restart your computer for the update to be complete.
  • Once restarted, Windows 10 Taskbar should start working fine.

6. Create a New User Account

Again, If you tried all the methods mentioned above and found no luck, there are some serious issues at the Administrator level. In the situation, where you cannot find what exactly is the problem. All you can do is to create a new user account and transfer the Admin power to it and delete the old user account.

By creating a new user account, you can solve pretty much all issues related to Administrator level easily. Follow the instructions mentioned below to get started with creating a New User Account.

  • Press Windows Key + I, It will open up the Settings window.
  • Click on the Accounts option.
  • Now, move onto Family and Other People option in the Account settings.
  • Under, Other Users tab you will find an option called Add someone else to this PC.
  • Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information
  • Click on Add a user without a Microsoft account
  • Click Next
  • Now, Under the Other Users Tab of Family and Other People option, click on the new user account that we just created.
  • Select, Change Account Type option.
  • Select type as Administrator.
  • Click OK.

7. Final Resort: Restore Windows 10

If you are not able to fix the Taskbar issue in Windows even after applying all the 6 steps given above then the last and final option is to reset or restore Windows or do a fresh installation all over again. If you are about to rest your PC then make sure that you take the backup all important data as resetting the PC will wipe all the data and files.

  • Go to settings and search for Reset this PC option
  • Click on Get Started

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  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Wait until the process is done
  • Once booted up, the thing should start working normally

Voila, you have created a new User in your Computer, Laptop. Now all you wanted to do is simply delete the old account and use the Newly created account as your primary User Account in Windows 10. That’s it.

Final Words

So, these were some quick methods to fix Windows 10 taskbar not working issue on your Windows 10 PC or Laptop. A lot of Windows users are getting this issue and this was some methods you can adopt for fixing the issue. I have not tried the Driver update method. Driver Updating can solve some problems associated with Windows Explorer so, it’s worth trying.

If you tried all methods available on the Internet and also the problem still persists, I will suggest you Refresh your Windows PC. Or even you can d Fresh new Installation of Windows 10. If you are about to do a new clean installation of Windows 10, be sure to take a backup of all your files stored on the C drive of your Harddisk.

About the author

Astro Joseph

Hey Guys, This is Astro from IPEE World. I am a Computer and Smartphone Tech Addicted Blogger, I write about various technology topics including Tricks and Hacks, Windows, iOS, Android, Tips and Tricks and a lot more. Aims to keep you updated about the latest Buzz including Tips & Tricks from the Tech Industry.

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