Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working after Creators Update

Sep. 03, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

"Windows 10 taskbar is not working after the Creators Update is installed."
"My Windows 10 taskbar is frozen and I can't click the icons. Help!"
"Windows 10 taskbar is not responding after I updated the PC to v1703. Are there any fixes?"
"The taskbar on Windows 10 Creators Update doesn't work. Need help."

We've already covered lots of the issues caused by Windows 10 Creators Update or Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, like no WiFi available problem, black screen issue, boot loop, etc. but users keep alert us about new Windows 10 problems every day, asking for solutions. And now "Windows 10 taskbar not working" gets on the users' nerves after the Windows 10 Creators Update/Fall Creators Update. Luckily, we've got answers to tackle this nerve-wracking but also hot issue.

The following are top 3 ways to release the pain triggered by the frozen taskbar or dull taskbar.

Way 1. Modified Related Settings to Fix the Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working

You can take your time following the steps to fix the taskbar not working problem on Windows 10.

Step 1. Use PowerShell Command Line

Since the Windows 10 taskbar has no response and you can't activate any icons or shortcuts on the taskbar, it's inconvenient to launch some programs through the taskbar. In this case, shortcut keys do work for fixing the taskbar not working problem after the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update.

1. Use shortcut keys Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.

2. Go to the File menu.

3. Select the Run new task.

4. Check the Create this task with administrative privileges option.

5. Type into powershell.

6. Hit the Enter.

7. Paste the command below into the box and hit the Enter.

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

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Step 2. Check Related Windows Services

1. Use shortcut keys Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.

2. Go to the File menu.

3. Select the Run new task.

4. Check the Create this task with administrative privileges option.

5. Type into services.msc to launch the Services.

6. On the right side, find User Manager and double-click it.

7. Click the Start button if it's available.

8. Make sure the Startup type is Automatic.

9. Click the Apply and the OK.

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10. Find and double-click the service Tile Data model server.

11. Click the Stop button.

12. Click the Apply and the OK.

Step 3. Remove the Folder

Go to the C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\. Delete the folder TileDataLayer or move it to other position on the computer. Then back to the desktop. Now you could click the Start menu or right-click the taskbar or launch apps on the taskbar.

Note: If you can't access the path above, try C:\Users\[YOUR USER NAME]\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\ and find the folder.



Way 2. Fix Windows Components to Make the Taskbar Available

1. Open This PC from the desktop.

2. Type C:\Windows\System32 into the address bar.

3. Scroll down to find cmd.exe and right-click it.

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4. Select the Run as administrator to launch the Command Prompt.

5. Paste the following command lines to the box and hit the Enter one at a time.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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Way 3. Repair Faulty Drivers that Causes the Windows 10 Taskbar Issue

Driver or application conflicts can also result in the taskbar not working as well as other Windows 10 Fall Creators Update issues, such as Microsoft Edge not working issue, 100% disk usage problem, no sound, etc. It is because outdated drivers are not compatible with the latest Windows OS version. Therefore, it's necessary to check and repair faulty drivers that cause the Windows 10 taskbar not working or not responding problem.

Driver Talent is a professional and widely-used driver download and update utility. It offers the latest official and WHQL drivers compatible with Windows 10 Creators Update. Click the download button and fix the driver problems with just one-click.

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1. Launch Driver Talent and click the Scan button to detect missing, corrupted, or incompatible drivers.

2. Click the Repair or Update button to download and install the best-matched network, USB, audio, graphics or other device drivers.

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3. Reboot to make the driver changes take effect on the computer.

Note: Don't forget to create a system restore point and backup all the drivers before any other system changes so that you can quickly restore the system and the drivers once the PC runs into problems.

All of the above are the possible best solution for solving Windows 10 taskbar not working after Windows 10 Creators Update or Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you still fail to fix the taskbar not responding issue, you can comment below or click the LEFT MENU on this page for more help. Any other Windows 10-related problems, please see Windows 10 section on this site.

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