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Fix: Taskbar Not Working on Windows 10

Windows 10 surely brings a lot of improvements and features over its predecessors but it also has its fair share of bugs as well. The problematic taskbar is one of those problems. For most of the users who upgraded to Windows 10 are likely to see a taskbar that isn’t fully functional. The problem varies from person to person but the most common symptoms are that you won’t be able to click anything on the taskbar and your tiles will disappear. Some users have also complained about their Start Search bar not working.

This is basically a bug in Windows 10 update which will surely be solved in the future updates. Since Microsoft is rolling out updates fairly quickly, this was bound to happen. Although its inconvenient but the problem is solvable and the solutions given below works for the majority of users.

So, start from method 1 and keep going on until the problem is solved.

Uninstall any Antivirus that you might have especially if it is Norton. These Antivirus programs are known to cause issue so it’s good to uninstall them before following the methods given below. Once you are done, reinstall the Antiviruses because those are essential for the security of your system.

Method 1: Repair Corrupt Files

Download and run Reimage Plus to scan and restore corrupt and missing files from here, and then see if the Taskbar has started to work, if not move onto Method 2.

Method 2: PowerShell Command

Since the problem is with one of the Windows components i.e. Windows taskbar, you can solve it by running a command in the PowerShell and then deleting the folder associated with the taskbar. It has worked for many users and will most likely work for you as well.

Note: Before starting to follow this method, make sure your Windows Firewall is running. If you don’t know how to turn on the Windows Firewall or whether it’s turned on/off then follow the steps given below

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter
  3. Locate the service named Windows Firewall
  4. Right click Windows Firewall and select Properties
  5. Select Manual from the drop down menu in section Startup Type
  6. Click the Start button in section Service Status (you should be able to see the status change to running once the service starts)
  7. Click Ok

Now that the Windows Firewall is turned on and we are sure of it. Let’s start working on the solution for this problem.

  1. Press CTRL, ALT and DELETE simultaneously (CTRL + ALT+ DELETE)
  2. Select Task Manager
  3. Click File
  4. Select Run new task
  5. Check the option that say Create this task with administrative privileges
  6. Type powershell and press Enter
  7. Type Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and press Enter. You can check the problem is solved or not because he problem gets solved for some users after running this command. So just check the taskbar (no need to restart) and if it isn’t fixed then continue.
  8. Hold Windows key and press R
  9. Type C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\ and press Enter
  10. Locate a folder named TileDataLayer. Right click and select Delete. If you can’t see the folder anywhere in the location then it must be hidden. Unhide the folder by following the steps given below
    1. While you are in the File Explorer, Click View
    2. Check the option that says Hidden Items in the section Show/hide
    3. Now check if the folder appears or not
  11. Close the windows and double click Recycle bin (located on the Desktop screen)
  12. Locate the same folder that you delete TileDataLayer. Right click and select delete. Click yes if it asks for confirmation.

If you can’t delete the TileDataLayer folder then follow these steps

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  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter
  3. Locate a service named tiledatamodelsvc or Tile Data model server
  4. Right click the service tiledatamodelsvc or Tile Data model server and click Stop
  5. Now repeat the steps from 5-9 given above.

Wait a couple of minutes after the folder is removed from the recycle bin. Then check if the issue is still there.

Method 3: PowerShell Command (Alternative)

This is another command that you can run in the PowerShell of Windows that have worked for plenty of users.

  1. Press CTRL, ALT and DELETE simultaneously (CTRL + ALT+ DELETE)
  2. Select Task Manager
  3. Click File
  4. Select Run new task
  5. Check the option that say Create this task with administrative privileges
  6. Type powershell and press Enter
  7. Type Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and press Enter

Now check and see if the problem is solved or not.

Method 4: Application Identity Service

Going into the services and turning on a service named Application Identity Service is also known to solve this problem for quite a few users.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter
  3. Locate a service named Application Identity. Right Application Identity and select Start
  4. Wait a minute or two and then restart your computer

Once you are done, check whether the taskbar has started working or not.

Method 5: Safe Boot Option

Performing a safe boot has also worked for many users. But the real problem of going into the msconfig is that you cannot access your taskbar and start search so you have to make it work from another angle.

The steps for accessing msconfig without using your start search or taskbar are given below.

  1. Right click on an empty space while you are on your Desktop screen
  2. Select New then click Shortcut
  3. Type msconfig when it asks to enter the location
  4. Click Next
  5. Name it whatever you want and then click Finish
  6. Double click this newly made shortcut (it will appear on your desktop now)
  7. Click Boot tab
  8. Check the option that says Safe Boot
  9. Click Network option
  10. Click Apply then click Ok
  11. It will ask you whether to restart computer right now. Select YES
  12. Once restarted, double click the shortcut (that you made earlier) again
  13. Select Boot tab
  14. Uncheck the option Safe Boot
  15. Click Apply and then select Ok

  16. Now restart again and everything should be fine now.

Once your computer has restarted, check whether the taskbar is working or not. It will most likely work this time.

PRO TIP: If the issue is with your computer or a laptop/notebook you should try using the Reimage Plus Software which can scan the repositories and replace corrupt and missing files. This works in most cases, where the issue is originated due to a system corruption. You can download Reimage Plus by Clicking Here

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About Kevin Arrows

Hi! I’m Kevin. Thank you for reading the article above. I am a certified MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience. I love to address tech issues, and write tech how-to’s in a way that it can be followed by everyone.

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Fix: Taskbar Not Working on Windows 10

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