Windows 11 taskbar not working: Six sure methods to fix it

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  • The early releases of Windows 11 have had several bugs reported by users, while some experience issues even on the main version.
  • Apart from the bugs by hardware compatibility that can be hard to repair many of the software bugs are easily repaired.
  • To start resolving this issue we will be deactivating some system services and modifying system settings.
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If you’ve chosen to upgrade your operating system to Windows 11, you may have encountered a few glitches here and there. Thankfully, they are not very important, but still affect your capability to use the OS efficiently.

One of the most notable features of Windows 11 is its clean, easy-to-use interface design. The new taskbar provides shortcuts to the start menu, widgets, app icons, and more.

For an in-depth guide about all the features, the new OS has, make sure to explore our Windows 11 vs Windows 10 comparison.

Some users have reported that their new Windows 11 taskbar is not working on their second monitor, or that the taskbar is not loading at all, no matter what kind of monitor setup they use.

Others experience icons not showing up on the Windows 11 taskbar, which again, can cause a lot of unwanted stress and complications, while some users have gotten the taskbar not working after performing an update.

What can cause the Windows 11 taskbar to not work on startup?

Even though the reasons are present in a great number of possibilities, the Windows 11 taskbar issue, no matter how it presents itself, has some common triggers:

  • Process closing automatically
  • System file corruption
  • Universal Windows Platform issues
  • Faulty updates

No matter which of the cases mentioned above seem familiar to you, our article should be helpful in this regard, so make sure to check it out in its entirety.

How can I fix the Windows 11 taskbar not showing?

1. Restart your PC

  1. Press the Win + X keys and choose Task Manager.
  2. Go to File, and then choose Run new task.
  3. Inside the pop-up window, type cmd then click OK.
  4. Copy then paste this code on your CMD:  reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0
  5. Hit Enter.
  6. Your device will restart.
  7. Check to see if the taskbar is working, and if not, move on to the next solution.

2. Reset your Clock

  1. Press the Win + R keys.
  2. Type control.exe then click OK.
  3. Click the Clock and Region button.
  4. Choose Set the time and date.
  5. Click the Internet time tab.
  6. Select Change settings.
  7. Click on Synchronize with an internet time server to uncheck it and then click OK.
  8. Return to the Date and Time tab then click Change Date and time.
  9. Set the date to a few days in the future and click OK.
  10. Restart your PC, and set the correct date once again.

3. Repair System files

  1. Hit the Win + X buttons and choose Windows Terminal (Admin).
  2. Now type these commands ensuring you hit Enter after each one:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

sfc /scannow

  1. Restart your PC. The taskbar should work once your PC reboots. 

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4. Reinstall the Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

  1. Hit the Windows + X keys and click Windows Terminal (Admin) from the list.
  2. Copy then paste this command and hit Enter:

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

Note: You might see a few red lines while the command is being executed. Don’t be worried, wait for a few minutes for the execution to be completed.

  1. Restart your PC. 

5. Restart specific services

  1. Right-click the Start button and choose Task Manager.
  2. Click the Processes tab.
  3. Locate the Windows Explorer service.
  4. Right-click on it and select Restart.
  5. Switch to the Details tab, locate the services listed below, and hit the End Task button for each of them:

ShellExperienceHost.exe

SearchIndexer.exe

SearchHost.exe

RuntimeBroker.exe

6. Uninstall updates

  1. Press the Win + X keys and choose Task Manager.
  2. Click File then Run new task.
  3. Inside the pop-up type control.exe, then click Ok.
  4. In the Control panel window, click Programs
  5. Below Programs and Features, click View installed updates.
  6. Right-click the Update for Microsoft Windows (KB5006050) then uninstall it.
  7. Restart the computer. The taskbar should work okay after the reboot.

As you can see, having the Windows 11 taskbar not working fixed requires you to follow some steps, but it usually works out with great results.

No matter if the Windows 11 taskbar is not responding, or if it stops working these solutions should be of help.

We hope this post provides you with a solution to your problem. Feel free to use the comment section in case you have a question you’d like us to answer.

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