The taskbar is one of the most important and popular features of the Windows 10 desktop. You can call it the “start bar”, which is technically wrong. But don’t worry, we’ll get it.
When the taskbar stops working, it severely interferes with your Windows 10 experience and can seem terribly restrictive. So we’ve researched a number of bad taskbar fixes to help you.
1. Make the registry adjustment
This fix includes a small change to the registry key in the WpnUserService folder.
To do this, open Registry Editor. (You can just type
regedit From the Start menu or press Win + R.)
Click the search bar at the top of Registry Editor, and then type the following path:
From there, in the right pane, double-click “Start” DWORD, change it to “4”, and click OK.
Restart the computer and verify that the taskbar has returned to normal.
2. Move everything to the new account
Another popular solution – albeit a steeper one – is to create a new administrator account, and if all goes well, move all the songs from your home directory to this one.
First, put all the personal files in the broken account in a safe place where they will not be deleted. (The external hard drive is still good.) Once you’ve done that, delete the problematic account and create a new one using the same information.
To create a new administrator account, press Win + I -> Accounts -> Family & Others -> Add someone else to this computer. Follow the instructions to create an account.
Once you’ve created an account, click this account in the “Family and Other People” heading and click “Change Account Type” and then “Administrator” from the drop-down list.
Log in to this account, transfer all your personal files from your safe place and enjoy!
3. Disable third party services
This will take some time to complete, but it will help you know if a third-party application is really causing problems. hurry Win + R, then enter
msconfig In the Run box.
Next, click the Services tab, use the check boxes to disable non-Microsoft services, and then restart your computer. Does the taskbar work now? If not, return to the msconfig window (and the Services tab), re-enable the disabled services and disable non-Microsoft services, restart the computer, and check the taskbar again.
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Repeat this procedure until you hope the taskbar starts working again. When you’re done, re-enable each service individually until it stops working. At this point, you have found the services to blame! Turn it off again and you’re ready to go.
4. Re-register the applications with Powershell
Many Microsoft applications are built into the operating system and can have all sorts of weird and unexpected effects on the rest of Windows 10. No -wanted side. the effect may be due to faulty parts of the desktop, such as the taskbar.
To resolve this issue, click the Start button and type
powershell, right-click it in the search results and click “Run as administrator”,
Then type the following command and press Enter:
When the process is complete, restart your computer and hopefully the taskbar is working again.
There are many reasons why the Windows taskbar doesn’t work, and the solutions aren’t always so obvious. If the above doesn’t work for you and you manage to find an alternative solution, what do you expect? Grab us for the comments below.