Windows 10 taskbar not working: How to fix it

With the advent of Windows 10, the Taskbar received some pretty cool features but it also received its fair share of bugs and glitches. Windows 10 upgrade witnessed some frustrating errors like Windows 10 taskbar not working, icons vanishing, not being able to click anywhere on the taskbar etc.

If you are facing a problematic taskbar or if it’s not functioning as it should, do not be alarmed because it is solvable for most users. Of course, it will not be solved after restarting windows explorer, it is not the right method. The bug that corrupts the taskbar subsists in a Windows 10 update which would definitely be fixed in later updates. However, you can use some of the following methods to solve these issues yourself.

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Method 1: Fix Corrupted Files

There are numerous software applications available on the web that scan and repair corrupt or missing files from the system. It is recommended to use one of that software before attempting to make changes with your own hands. After running a scan and fix, note the changes in the taskbar. If it’s still not fixed properly, move on to the next method.

Method 2: Running a Command in PowerShell

The taskbar is a Windows component and whenever a Windows component causes a problem, it can be fixed with a PowerShell command. PowerShell command allows you to register your taskbar if it isn’t done already. It involves deleting the entire folder related to the taskbar. For most users, this method has worked and you probably will not have to try another method after this.

Before starting to run a PowerShell command, it must be noted that the Windows Firewall is active. After turning the firewall on, simultaneously press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to open Security Options. Click on ‘Task Manager’, ‘File’ and then ‘Run New Task’.

In a new dialogue box, type ‘PowerShell’ then check the box besides the option: ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’ and click OK.

This will bring to you a command prompt with a dark blue background. Type in or copy-paste the following command and press Enter:

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

Once the command is successful, there is no need to restart your PC. Simply close the PowerShell and navigate to C:/Users/youraccount/AppData/Local/ (where youraccount is the name of your Microsoft account) and delete the folder named; ‘TileDataLayer’. This should instantly solve your issue.

Method 3: Shut down Tile Data model server

If by any chance you are unable to delete the aforementioned folder or simply the PowerShell Command didn’t work, stop the service named ‘Tile Data model server’ and attempt to delete the folder again. The folder will be successfully deleted. Furthermore, you can run the PowerShell Command again to make sure the taskbar is fixed. Again, the taskbar is one of the main Windows 10 components so fixing it heavily depends on the effective use of PowerShell.

To stop the ‘Tile Data model server’ service, type services in the search bar or desktop and select ‘Services’ from the pop-up menu. This will show you all the active and inactive services on your system. Search for ‘Tile Data model server’ service and right-click to ‘Stop’ the service.

Method 4: Stop the Local Security Authority Process

In the end, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE on the keyboard to open ‘Task Manager’ and locate ‘Local Security Authority Process’ under ‘Process’ tab. Click the process and then click ‘End Task’ on the bottom right of the task manager. In the following confirmation window, check ‘Abandon unsaved data and shut down’ and click Shut Down.

This should remove the very last remaining error in the taskbar. If any of these methods did not work you then your only choice is to wait for the next Windows 10 update.