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Easy and Effective solution: Windows 10 Taskbar not working

You couldn’t do a lot with Windows 10 if the Taskbar is not working. Taskbar is known to act up a bit at times and it could be pretty irritating. If you are experiencing the problem with the taskbar, we have laid down some of the best solutions to fix it. One of the following solutions should get the taskbar up and working again.  

How to Fix - Windows 10 taskbar not working

Solution 1: Restart Your Windows 10

Rebooting the PC can take care of many problems. In fact, taskbar issues can be easily taken care of by simply rebooting the Windows most of the times. Here are some of the ways to restart when Taskbar is stuck:

  1. Press the Windows key and from the Start menu click the ‘Shutdown’ button (if you don’t see Shutdown button then expand more power options by clicking a small arrow next to the Power button)
  2. If the Windows key isn’t working, you can press CTRL + ALT + DEL and select Shutdown power button
  3. If none of these options work then you will need to force reboot your computer. If possible, save any changes you might have made to documents and files. Now, press and hold the Power button on your CPU for a while. This will shut down the computer. To restart, you can press the power button again on the CPU.
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Solution 2: Use The Command Prompt

If your Taskbar seems to be working but its icons are missing, you can try to repopulate it using the Command prompt. If the Taskbar is jammed and is not working at all, this method may not work. Nevertheless, you can still give it a try and something might retrigger it.  

Getting to the command prompt on Windows 10 is pretty easy (as compared to Windows 7 and older versions). All you need to do is press the Windows and X keys together to launch Quick Link menu. From the list, click ‘Command Prompt (with admin)’.

We will now launch Disk Image Servicing & Management tool (DISM) using the command prompt to fix this issue.

What you need to do next is enter the following command in the prompt: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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Solution 3: Fix The Unresponsive Taskbar

If you are able to see the icons but you cannot click on them, the DISM solution using Command Prompt may not work. In this case, you need to use more advanced troubleshooting.

This solution is highly effective and takes care of the issue most of the times. But, there is a price to pay to use this process. It will remove all the apps that came preinstalled with Windows 10 and will delete the Store as well. If you don’t want this to happen, you can jump to the next solution.

However, if you are okay with the removal of the apps, here is what you need to do:

  • Open Command Prompt (admin) by pressing Windows + X keys and then selecting this option from the quick menu
  • When you see the prompt simply enter the following prompts one by one is the same order:
    • Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online
  • Restart your computer and the taskbar must be restored to the normal state

In case you wish to get the Store reinstalled, you can look up for the installation process on the internet. You can get all the Windows 10 apps back through the Store.  

Solution 4: Fix The Issues Related To Auto-Hide

Auto-hide is the feature, as the name suggests, hides the taskbar when it is not in use and it reappears when you take the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen. While this feature works typically fine with other Windows OS installments, many users of Windows 10 have reported glitches with it. Until Microsoft developers diagnose the problem and fix it, we will need to use our own troubleshooting.  

  1. One method is to close Windows Explorer and restart it. For this, you need to launch the Task Manager. Since Taskbar isn’t working, you cannot right-click on it to use the pop menu to open Task Manager. So, instead, you can press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC keys together to bring up Task Manager on your screen. When the Task Manager has launched, click the ‘Processes’ tab and select ‘Windows Explorer’ from the list. Now, click ‘Restart’ button on the bottom.
  1. Sometimes Task Manager does not work in the auto-hide mode when there is a problem with an app and it requires your immediate attention. That’s a tricky situation as you cannot get the app to the foreground by clicking on its icon in the System Tray as the taskbar would not retract. Here are two ways you can fix this:
    1. Press and hold Alt and press Tab to switch to the application in question. When the application is in foreground you can close it
    2. If you are not able to pinpoint which application is causing the problem, bring up the Task Manger again (by pressing CTRL, SHIFT and ESC keys simultaneously and click Applications tab. Now select each application one by one and press ‘End Task’

Solution 5:  Use Powershell

Powershell is a tool that is used to reconfigure the system settings so that Windows tasks can be automated again. This is an advanced tool and must be used carefully. It is advisable to create a Restore Point to ensure that if something goes wrong you will be able to return to the normal state. Follow these steps after creating the restore point:

  1. Press the Windows key and then type ‘powershell’ (without quotes) in the search box.
  2. On the list you will see Powershell (Desktop App); right-click on it and select ‘Run as administrator’
  3. When the UAC window appears, click on ‘Yes.’
  4. Now you need to copy and paste the following command: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  5. Wait for the command to get executed
  6. Now open the file explorer and open the folder with your Windows username (it is at C:\Users)
  7. Now open the folder with your username and then open the folder ‘AppData’ (make sure that you have enabled ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’)
  8. Now open the ‘Local’ folder
  9. Locate and delete the folder called ‘TitleDataLayer’
    • In case you are not able to delete the folder press Windows key and type in services.msc to open Service Manager
    • Locate ‘Title Data model server’ and select it
    • Right click on it and then click ‘Stop’

This should be able to get your Taskbar working again


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