The latest version of the Windows operating system displays a weather widget on the taskbar, which when launched, displays the weather information about your current or default location. However, in a few cases, the users cannot locate this widget on their taskbars.
We had a look into the issue and discovered that if you cannot view the weather widget, it is probably because the widgets are disabled on your OS, there is an issue with your current user account, or you have not installed the latest critical update. Regardless of what might be causing this issue, the troubleshooting methods below will help you fix it in no time. Proceed with the method that fits your situation the best.
In most cases, users cannot locate the weather widget on their taskbars because the widgets option has not been enabled in Windows Settings. Typically, the widgets are enabled by default in Windows 11 but if that isn’t the case in this scenario, here is how you can enable them:
- Press Windows + I keys simultaneously on your PC to open Windows Settings.
- Inside the Settings window, select Personalization from the left pane.
- Then, choose Taskbar in the right-hand side window.
- In the taskbar window, look for the Widgets option and make sure that the toggle associated with it is enabled.
If widgets were disabled on your Windows 11, then enabling them should do the trick for you. However, if the weather widget persists, proceed with the method below.
Log Out of User Account
There are times when a corruption error or a temporary bug infects your operating system, preventing several features from working properly. In the case of the weather widgets issue, several users managed to fix the issue by simply logging out of their user account and then logging back in, which is why we recommend giving it a shot.
Here is what you need to do:
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu. You can also click on the Start button to launch the menu.
- Click on your profile icon and select Sign out from the context menu.
- Alternatively, you can also press Windows + X keys together to open WinX menu.
- Choose Shut down or sign out from the context menu and click on Sign out.
- Once done, sign back in again and check if you can see the weather widget.
Install the Cumulative Update KB5010414
Another fix for the weather widget issue that worked for quite a few affected users was installing the cumulative update KB5010414 on their Windows 11.
In case you are not familiar, cumulative updates are updates that bundle multiple updates at the same time, including both new and previously released updates. A simple update, on the other hand, is a single update that fixes a particular issue.
A cumulative update includes fixes and improvements from past updates as well.
Here is how you can install this particular update to fix the problem at hand:
- Press Windows + I keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open Windows Settings.
- Select Windows Update from the left pane and click on the Check for updates button in the right side of the window. Doing so will initiate a scan to check the system for any pending updates.
- Once the scan is complete, look for the cumulative update KB5010414 and click on it.
- Finally, hit the Download and install button and wait patiently for the update to install.
- Then, restart your PC and check if you can view the weather widget.
Install Updates Within Microsoft Store
The third-party and native Microsoft applications also need to be updated regularly to function like they are supposed to. If you do not update them now and then, you are likely to face issues while using them, such as the one at hand.
The fix, in this case, is simple as all that you need to do is update these applications using the Microsoft Store.
Here is what you need to do:
- Type Microsoft Store in the search area of the taskbar and click Open.
- Inside the Microsoft Store, click on Library from the left pane.
- Click on the Get updates button in the Library and wait for all the updates to install one by one.
- Once done, restart the computer.
- Upon reboot, you should see a widget icon in the bottom left corner of your taskbar.
- Click on the widget and click on the Sign-in button.
- Enter your credentials and once you are signed in, the weather widget should appear on the taskbar.
Clean Install Windows
If you have come this far without a solution and still cannot see the weather widget, then it is safe to say that the corruption error causing the problem cannot be resolved using the simpler, conventional methods.
In case this scenario is applicable, the only viable solution that can help you is clean installing your Windows 11. During a clean install, your old operating system will be eliminated, as well as all your programs, settings, and personal data. Following this, Windows 11 will be installed fresh with the latest feature update, thus resolving the error in the process.