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Why is My Windows 10
Taskbar Not Working?
How can I Fix It?

Windows 10 is a great operating system (OS) that has received praise from critics and users alike. However, with a newer OS, there is always the risk of a few bugs that lead to annoying problems. Windows has been using the taskbar system since its inception. It’s a handy little place to easily access all of your open documents and favorite programs, but occasionally cause you a few headaches. Occasional errors can make it the taskbar malfunction in one way or another, but don’t worry, it’s very easy to fix. To troubleshoot your taskbar, use the options below to restore it to its previous functionality.

Simply restart Explorer before you try anything else. This works in most cases. Restarting Explorer refreshes what Windows needs to see to work correctly.

  1. Press Window Key + R to launch the Run app, then write Task Manager or taskmgr.exe
  2. Alternatively, hit Ctrl + Alt + Del all at once
  3. Go to the Processes tab and look for Windows Explorer
  4. Select Windows Explorer and click Restart This should reboot the program shortly, and in all likelihood, will solve your taskbar issues

Update and Restart Computer

If restarting doesn’t fix the problem, you may need to update your drivers. Check for updates and download all Microsoft updates. It could be that a driver has not been properly installed. Once your updates are installed, reboot the computer and see if that fixes the issue with the taskbar. There’s a good chance it will.

Access Windows PowerShell

PowerShell takes things a significant step further than simple restarts and updates. This program allows you to start getting into the command line code. Chances are you won’t need to go this far, but if you do, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin), then type PowerShell and hit Enter
  2. Alternatively, you could press the Windows Key + R and write PowerShell
  3. Paste the following command into the window: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage - DisableDevelopmentMode - Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  4. When the command has been executed, close PowerShell and open Explorer. Navigate through the menus until you reach "C:\Users\name\AppData\Local\"
  5. Scroll down to the folder named TileDataLayer. Delete it. At this point, your taskbar should be working again

If all else fails, create a new user account. It is unlikely you will need to do this, so it is a last resort fix.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings
  2. Go to Accounts and choose Family & Other Users
  3. Go to where it says Other Users and choose Add someone else to this PC
  4. Choose I don’t have this person’s sign-in information
  5. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account
  6. Create the user, choose Next, and then make the user an administrator
  7. Under Other users, find the new account and choose Change account type, then choose Administrator. At this point, you should be able to use this other account, and there, you should find a fully functional taskbar

Again, creating a new account should be the last resort. It is likely the issue will be fixed with a simple reboot. At SoftwareKeep USA, we are always ready to help our customers get the most out of the products we sell. We offer the best antivirus software available anywhere and only genuine Microsoft products at the lowest prices anywhere. Our award-winning customer service and our highly-trained tech staff are here for you before and after any sale. Trust SoftwareKeep USA to be your source for all things related to software and computer technology.

Get troubleshooting assistance at SoftwareKeep USA

One of the above options should be able to troubleshoot your taskbar. However, if you continue to have problems, or if you simply want more person-to- person help following the steps above, you should contact SoftwareKeep USA, where our experts are available to help you with all your troubleshooting needs.

Visit our website at SoftwareKeep USA today or contact us at +1 877 315 1713 to find out more.

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