Windows 10 taskbar not working – How to fix

Windows 10 taskbar not working – How to fix

Taskbar not working, crashes, unresponsive or inactive is one of the common mistakes that many Windows 10 users encounter. To solve this problem, please refer to the article below of the network administrator.

1. Restart Windows Explorer

This is one of the simplest solutions to restore the Taskbar to work properly. To restart Windows Explorer, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command. Next, enter taskmgr.exe into the Run command prompt and press Enter to open Task Manager.

2. Next on the Task Manager window, scroll down to the Process Explorer tab and look for the Windows Explorer option.

3. Click on Windows Explorer, then click Restart in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

4. This solution simply kills the process of Windows Explorer and restarts Windows Explorer.

2. Check the Addons Explorer error

Perform a Clean Boot to boot your Windows 10 machine, then use any method such as using trial and error to find the “culprit”. The cause of the Taskbar error is not working.

Sometimes some File Explorer addon interferes with the operation of explorer.exe and causes errors. If you can identify those addons then proceed to disable or remove those addons to overcome the error.

3. Re-registering the Taskbar

If you have applied the above solutions and still do not fix the error, then you can rely on the support of Windows PowerShell. PowerShell is a command used to configure system settings and automate tasks on Windows.

The first is to create a system restore point.

Refer to the steps to create a backup and restore (Restore Point) on Windows 10 here.

Then follow the next steps below:

1. Press the Windows key, then enter Powershell and the Search box. On the list of search results, right-click Windows Powershell (Desktop app), and select Run as Administrator.

On the UAC popup window, click Yes.

2. Next, on the PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command and then press Enter:

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

After the command is executed successfully, navigate to the folder named Account Username in Explorer. Make sure you have enabled the option to show hidden items on Explorer.


4. Scroll down to find and delete the folder named TileDataLayer.

If you can not delete the TileDataLayer folder, run services.msc to open Services Manager, then scroll down to find and “stop” the service Tile Data model server. At this point you can delete the TileDataLayer folder.

5. Finally, check that the Taskbar on your Windows 10 computer is up and running.