Top 4 Fixes for Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working

Nov. 19, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

Many users reported the Windows 10 taskbar not working issue on Reddit and Microsoft forums, including “My taskbar is not working after Windows 10 update”, “The Windows 10 taskbar is missing”, “The Windows 10 taskbar autohides”, “The Windows 10 taskbar is not responding”, “The Windows 10 taskbar is not hiding”, “The Windows 10 taskbar doesn't work”, etc. If you are also running into the taskbar not working in Windows 10 problem, here are a couple of fixes for you to resolve it, also applied to Windows 10 Creators Update and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Fix 1. Restart Windows Explorer to Fix Taskbar Not Working after Windows 10 Update

The functionality of taskbar will be completely restored after a fresh restart of the Windows Explorer. It is the simplest solution to solve the Windows 10 taskbar not working issue. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Press Ctrl + Shift+ Esc altogether to open Task Manager

2. Head to Processes tab and select Windows Explorer

3. Click Restart

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Fix 2. Download Windows 10 Drivers to Resolve Taskbar Not Working in Windows 10

In many cases, if there are outdated or incompatible device drivers with your system, many Windows 10 taskbar issues can also occur, like Windows 10 taskbar not working or not responding, Windows 10 taskbar can’t right-click and Windows 10 taskbar failing to retract automatically. You could use Driver Talent, the professional Windows drivers download and update utility, to instantly download the proper Windows 10 drivers for your computer to solve the taskbar problem.

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Here are 3 easy steps to download and install the Windows 10 drivers automatically with Driver Talent to fix the taskbar not working after Windows 10 update issue, as below:

1. Identify Outdated Drivers

Click “Scan”, and Driver Talent will identify all the outdated, corrupt, broken, incompatible drivers, like graphics drivers, display drivers, audio drivers, etc.

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2. Download and Update Windows 10 Drivers

Click “Update” to download and install the proper Windows 10 drivers automatically for your computer.

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3. Reboot Your Computer

Afterwards, reboot your computer to make all the driver updates take effect.

Fix 3. Use Windows PowerShell

Take the following steps to use Windows PowerShell to fix the Windows 10 taskbar not working problem.

1. Right-click on Start Menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin)

2. Type PowerShell and press Enter

3. Paste the following command in the PowerShell window and press Enter

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

4. Close PowerShell and navigate to C:/Users/name/AppData/Local/

5. Delete TileDataLayer folder

Fix 4. Create a New User Account

If all the above-mentioned fixes have been tried and still can’t fix your Windows 10 taskbar not working problem, it may have something to do with your administrator credentials, and you could create a new user account. Perform the following steps:

1. Press Windows key + I to open up Settings.

2. Head to Accounts and choose Family & Other Users.

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3. Select Add someone else to this PC under Other Users

4. Select I don't have this person's sign-in information

5. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account

6. Create the user and select Next

7. Make the new account an administrator account

8. Under Other users, select the new user account you created, and then select Change account type

9. Select Administrator, and then select OK

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For other common frustrating issues in Windows 10, like no WiFi available, flickering screen, high RAM and CPU usage, you could visit our Windows 10 resource center for instructions

If you have any other fixes for Windows 10 taskbar not working or not responding, welcome to share with us in the comments section below.


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