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7 Best Ways to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working Error

The taskbar is where you pin all your frequently used apps. It is also where you will find all other shortcuts like the Windows Start menu button on the left and a bunch of notifications and running app icons on the right. The Windows 10 Taskbar not working is a UI error which is easy to fix if you know what needs to be done. Reasons could vary like an error or bug in an associated system file or a recent Windows update that broke something.

Let’s see the best ways to fix Windows 10 taskbar not working error.

Restart Windows Explorer

A simple and quick way to fix UI related errors and anomalies. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys on the keyboard to open the Task Manager. There, you will find the Windows Explorer under the Processes tab.

restart windows explorer

Right-click on it to select the Restart option. Note that this will close all open apps and windows on your computer. So, make sure to save all work before you move ahead.

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Update and Reboot Computer

This is an age-old solution that often works in a number of situations and on a number of errors. I know what you are thinking but do try it if haven’t already. You can go to Windows 10 Settings > Update & Security to check if any updates are pending. If yes, download and update, and restart the PC.

Disable Autohide

There is a feature in Windows 10 where you can autohide the taskbar when it is not in use. It will appear only when you hover the mouse at the bottom of the screen. May be this is the issue behind Windows 10 taskbar not working issue. Disabling that feature may help.

taskbar settings in windows settings

  1. Press Windows key+I to open Settings.
  2. Search for and select ‘taskbar settings.’
  3. Toggle off options “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode.

disable autohide taskbar in windows

Disable both the options that hide the Taskbar in desktop and tablet mode and see if it fixes the Taskbar not working error. If yes, let it stay disabled. If not, you can enable it later again when you have found another solution that works for you.

Re-Register Taskbar

We will be using a command-line tool called PowerShell to re-register the Taskbar on your computer. I would recommend you to make a restore point so you have a backup in case something goes amiss.

opening powershell with admin rights

  1. Search PowerShell from the Start menu and open it as admin.
  2. Give the below command and press Enter to execute it.
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  3. Close PowerShell but you are not done yet.
  4. Press Windows key+E to open the File Explorer and navigate to the below folder structure. Replace the word name with your Windows username.
  5. Enable Hidden items checkbox under the View tab in File Explorer.
  6. Look for a folder named TileDataLayer and delete it. No worries if the folder doesn’t exist.

hidden files in file explorer

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SFC and DISM Commands

The System File Checker or SFC command will look for corrupt and broken files in the system drive and try to repair it. Useful when you need to fix random UI errors.

cmd with admin rights

  1. Open the Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell from the Start menu with admin rights.
  2. Give the below command and press Enter.
    sfc /scannow command
  3. Wait until the command is done running and then give this command which will restore the health of your protected system files.
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  4. Reboot your computer.

Once you restart PC after the command is run, check again if Windows 10 Taskbar is working or not now.

Update Drivers

It is difficult to pinpoint the Windows 10 Taskbar not working error to a specific driver. What you can do instead is create a restore point (link shared above in point 3) and then use a software like Intel Driver Support Assistant.

Usually, I don’t recommend updating drivers until something is broken on your computer. When it comes to drivers, my take is don’t fix unless it is broken. I am recommending this app over others because it comes from the house of Intel itself and Microsoft uses Intel drivers through and through.

Create a New User Account

Here is a pro tip. It is recommended that you use a guest account for day-to-day use because if your computer is ever hacked, the hacker won’t get admin rights. We are creating a new user account because the old one might have got corrupted.

new user account in windows 10

  1. Open Windows Settings again.
  2. Go to Accounts > Family & other users.
  3. Click on ‘Add someone else to this PC‘.
  4. Click on ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information‘.
    local user account
  5. Now, click on ‘Add a user without a Microsoft account‘.
  6. Follow on-screen instructions from here on.

user without microsoft account

switch to the new account to check if Taskbar is working or not. If the Taskbar is working now, you can give this new user account admin right if you want.

changing windows account status

Go back to Settings where you created a new user account and click on the username to and select the Change account type.

user types in windows

This is where you can choose between Standard and Administrator user account types.

The taskbar is one of the most frequently used areas of your computer. That’s where your day starts because that’s where all the apps reside. Fortunately, it is a small error that won’t have any major impact and is relatively easy to fix when Windows 10 taskbar not working issue persists. I hope you found what you were looking for and were able to resolve the error.

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