How to fix Windows 10 Taskbar not responding?

by Gabriel E. Hall - -


Issue: How to fix Windows 10 Taskbar not responding?

Hello. I have an incredibly annoying problem on my laptop, and I hope you will be able to help me fix it. The Windows 10 taskbar is not working, i.e., none of the buttons in it work, including Cortana, notifications, battery, etc. Right-clicking on the menu works, so does the task menu. The only way to fix this problem (temporary) is to reboot my PC, which takes time and effort. Is there any way you can help me with non-responsive taskbar issue? Thanks.

Solved Answer

Windows 10 Taskbar was renewed together with a new OS[1] which offers functionality. Probably the most significant change was the addition of personal assistant Cortana and a built-in search box. Of course, these enhancements vastly improved users' experience while using Windows 10 operating system. Unfortunately, the new functionality came with certain problems that users started experiencing, precisely Windows 10 Taskbar not working issue.

Many users who updated to Windows 10 in 2015 experienced Taskbar freezes, crashes, non-responsiveness and similar issues. Because Cortana is a part of the Taskbar, some users noted that they are unable to use her help too. Nevertheless, our team compiled a list of solutions that you can try in order to fix Windows 10 Taskbar not responding problem.

Windows 10 Taskbar not working issue can be caused by many reasons, such as corrupt graphics drivers[2], auto-hide issues, software conflict, etc. Therefore, you should try every solution one after another and see if it helps to fix the non-responsive taskbar.

Windows 10 Taskbar not responding

Before you proceed with these steps, we suggest you perform full system scan using Reimage. It is security software that can scan your Windows 10 machine and make sure that no malware[3] is hiding inside. Additionally, the application is capable of detecting Windows errors and fixing them automatically. The scan can be performed for free, but users need to pay to fix issues and get rid of Windows 10 Taskbar not working problem completely. 

Nevertheless, if you do not wish to pay for additional software and are more computer-savvy, you should proceed with our suggestions below.

For fixing this issue, see this video:

Solution 1. Fix Windows 10 Taskbar not responding by restarting Windows Explorer

Fix it now! Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage Reimage.

If your taskbar is having some minor problems, like certain buttons are not responsive or sometimes freeze, restarting Windows Explorer could be an easy solution for you. Please follow these steps:

  • Simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager
  • Scroll down and find Windows Explorer in the list
  • Select Windows Explorer and click Restart in the bottom-right corner of the window
  • Wait till Windows restarts Windows Explorer and see if problem persists

Solution 2. Perform computer scan using System File Checker

Fix it now! Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage Reimage.

System File Checker[4] is a built-in tool in Windows operating systems. It is capable of scanning the machine, finding errors and then fixing them automatically. To get rid of issues causing why does Windows 10 Taskbar not working, you need to enter Command Prompt with admin rights:

  • Press Ctrl+ Shift + Esc simultaneously to open up the Task Manager
  • Select File > Run new task
  • Type in CMD and tick Create this task with administrative privileges
  • Type sfc /scannow command and press Enter.
  • Wait till Windows finishes the scan. It will let you know if anything is found, and what was fixed.Taskbar not responding - run System File Checker

Solution 3. Re-register your Taskbar to eliminate Windows 10 Taskbar not working error

Fix it now! Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage Reimage.

Many users reported that re-registering the taskbar worked. To do that, you will have to enter Power Shell with admin rights:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager
  • In the Menu bar, click on File > Run new task
  • Type in powershell and tick the Create this task with administrative privileges box
  • Click OK and open PowerShell windowTaskbar not responding - re-register taskbar
  • Copy the following text into the window and press Enter:

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

  • Close down PowerShell and navigate to C:/Users/XXX/AppData/Local/ (XXX is your username)
  • Detect TileDataLayer folder and delete it (in case you can't delete this folder, press Windows key + R, find Tile Data model server and stop it. Then, try to delete the folder again)

Solution 4. Uninstall the latest graphics drivers

Fix it now! Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage Reimage.

Some users reported that uninstalling the latest drivers helped them to resolve the Windows 10 Taskbar not working issue:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager
  • In the Menu bar, click on File > Run new task
  • Type-in Control panel and in newly opened window select Device manager
  • Expand your Display adapters and select your graphics card
  • Rick-click on it, choose Properties and go to Driver tab
  • Click on Roll back driver, select the reason for uninstallation and click YesTaskbar not responding - roll back graphics drivers

Repair your Errors automatically team is trying to do its best to help users find the best solutions for eliminating their errors. If you don't want to struggle with manual repair techniques, please use the automatic software. All recommended products have been tested and approved by our professionals. Tools that you can use to fix your error are listed bellow:

do it now!
Download Fix
do it now!
Download Fix
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Compatible with OS X
Still having problems?
If you failed to fix your error using Reimage, reach our support team for help. Please, let us know all details that you think we should know about your problem.
Reimage - a patented specialized Windows repair program. It will diagnose your damaged PC. It will scan all System Files, DLLs and Registry Keys that have been damaged by security threats.Reimage - a patented specialized Mac OS X repair program. It will diagnose your damaged computer. It will scan all System Files and Registry Keys that have been damaged by security threats.
This patented repair process uses a database of 25 million components that can replace any damaged or missing file on user's computer.
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage malware removal tool.

Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.


Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

About the author
Gabriel E. Hall
Gabriel E. Hall - Passionate computer expert

Gabriel E. Hall is an expert troubleshooter who has been working in the information technology industry for years.

Contact Gabriel E. Hall
About the company Esolutions


Read in other languages

What you can add more about the problem: "How to fix Windows 10 Taskbar not responding?"