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Taskbar Not Working? 7 Ways to Fix It

If the taskbar does not work, it may be a system problem, but in most cases, too many tasks are running simultaneously, causing a freeze or resource manager crash. The taskbar may fail to function due to an incomplete update of the operating system. Corrupted user account files could also contribute to the freezing of your taskbar.

1. Restart Windows Explorer

Restarting the Windows Explorer clears the minor issues incurred, including an irresponsive taskbar. The following steps are to be followed:

Step 1: Open the Task Manager through Ctrl + Shift + ESC.

Step 2: Select the “More Details” option.

Taskbar More Details option

Step 3: Find the Windows Explorer task and right-click on it. Choose the Restart option to refresh it.

Taskbar Restart option

2. Cmd command to restart the resource manager

Step 1: Use the shortcut Win + R to open the Run Command, where you are to input a command.

Run Command

Step 2: Key in the following line, taskkill /f /im explorer.exe.

Step 3: This will help restart the resource manager on your machine.

Step 4: Restart your machine for better results.

3. Re-register the taskbar

Step 1: Use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + ESC to open the Task Manager.

Step 2:  Click on File in the Menu Bar to run a new task.

Step 3: Enter PowerShell and run as Administrator by ticking the Create this task option.

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

Step 4: Press OK and open the Powershell Windows. This indicates that you have already re-registered the taskbar.

Re-register the taskbar

4. Update system driver

Windows’ outdated system drivers or loopholes may also cause the Windows taskbar not to work. It is recommended to regularly update the drivers on your computer to avoid software complications.

Update system driver

An example of software that could assist in simplifying this task is Restoro. It performs functions such as:

  • Detecting and eliminating malware threats
  • Detecting the dangerous websites visited
  • Restoring the high performance of the computer
  • Replacing corrupted or damaged window files

You can use this software to fix Windows bugs and patch through the following steps:

Step 1: Once the application has been installed and launched, open it.

Step 2: Click on the “Repair All” button to find and fix the current issues on your computer.


5. Close the self-starting software

A lot of self-starting software will take up a lot of memory space and CPU computing. This may result in slowing down your frustrating computer. It is recommended that you turn them off in Windows Settings.

Step 1: Open the Task Manager using the shortcut Ctrl + Shift +esc.

Step 2: Click on the startup tab on the top menu.

Step 3: From the list displayed, disable whichever program you want if you wish to eliminate it from running on startup.

Close the self-starting software

6. Rollback system

If you have made a system backup point for your computer, you can roll back the system to a certain point in time. This could be when your current Windows has some complications, and you wish to start it afresh.

The following steps are used to rollback a system:

Step 1: Click on the Start menu, then select the “Settings” option.

Step 2: Tap on the “Update & Security” option then select “Recovery“.

Update & Security option

Step 3: Click the Get Started button, which is found under the “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10“.

Click the Get Started button

7. Create a new user account

You could create a new user account on your computer and copy all the files in the previous account. You can create a new user account in Windows 10 through the following steps:

Step 1: Open the Control Panel application and Select the User Accounts and Family Safety.

Step 2: Select User Accounts, then click on the Add or Remove User Accounts link.

Step 3:  The Manage Accounts window appears, and you are to Click on the Create a New Account link.

Manage Accounts

Step 4: You are to choose the Account type to create.

Step 5: Input the account name you wish to have.

Step 6: Click on the Create Account button, then close the Control Panel application.

Click on the Create Account button

Note that you can still change the password or the account type even after successfully creating an account.


When you experience issues with your taskbar, various ways to solve the problem. Therefore, there is no need to worry about that. If you try using all the solutions and it is not resolved, seek help from an IT expert.