Taskbar is broken in Windows 10 and lot of other issues

In the last 2 days, I have experienced issues with the Taskbar in Windows 10. I have 2 missing icons on my taskbar (Edge and the settings app), but Windows Explorer, Control Panel, Task Manager, and CMD are still there. The icons don't appear, but the space for them is still there. When I right or left click on them, explorer freezes and crashes. I am unable to open the Notification Panel, Cortana, or the Start Menu. I can right click on the Task bar, Cortana, and the start menu, and still get the context menus as normal. I can also launch the items on the taskbar and use them normally. However, about 3 minutes after clicking on Cortana, the upper part of the window will appear, but not the rest. I have restarted the computer several times, and cannot fix the issue. I have tried a couple of other methods as well, but they have not worked. I have not made any modifications to the computer, and there are no updates available to install. I'm at a dead end.

Hello Warren,  

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Which all troubleshooting steps have you already tried in resolving this issue?

I would recommend you to try the below steps and check if it helps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard.
  2. Key in PowerShell and hit Enter.
  3. Right click on the PowerShell icon on the taskbar and select Run as Administrator.
  4. Now paste the following command in the Administrator: Windows PowerShell window and press Enter key:  

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

    5. Wait for PowerShell to execute and complete the command. Ignore the few errors (in red color) that may pop up. 

    6. When it finishes, try hitting Start and hopefully it’ll start working. If not, this solution won’t apply to you, unfortunately.

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I tried the command that you sent me, however it did not work. I'm now able to open the notification panel, but still not the start menu. I tried switching to tablet mode, but it still did not work. And now that I am in tablet mode, I am unable to get out of it.

Edit: A few moments later, the notification panel did re-open and I got back into desktop mode. However, still no luck with Cortana or the Start Menu.

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Hello Warren,

Thank you for getting back to us with your response.

I would suggest you to try the steps from the below link and check if it helps:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/get-help-windows-start-menu

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I installed all of the available updates, which didn't help. I then opened command prompt and activated the built-in administrator account, and I was able to open the Start Menu, Cortana, and the notification panel. I tried signing in to another account that I had on the computer, and was able to open all 3 on there as well, so I know it's an issue with my account.

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Hello Warren,

We appreciate your time and patience in getting back to us.

In this case let's try the below steps and check if it helps:

Step 1: Run the Microsoft account troubleshooter and check if it helps:

Microsoft Account Troubleshooter

http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/4/F24D0C03-4181-4E5B-A23B-5C3A6B5974E3/microsoftaccounts.diagcab

Step 2: As the issue doesnot occur in other user account, I suggest you to use the other account and transfer all the data's, files and folders and then connect your new user account to Microsoft account.

kindly follow the steps below:

Copy and paste the data files to the new user profile.

Follow the steps to copy the files from the old Microsoft account to the new account:
a) Press/tap Windows and x together and select Windows Explorer.
b) Click/tap on
View tab and click/tap on Options at the top right corner.
c) Click/tap the
View tab, and then click/tap Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
d) Uncheck the box which states
Hide protected operating system files.
e) Click
Yes to confirm, and then clickOK.
f) Locate the
C:\Users\Old_Username folder, where C is the drive that Windows is installed on, and Old Username is the name of the profile you want to copy files from.
g) Select all of the files and folders in this folder, except the following files:
Ntuser.dat•Ntuser.dat.log•Ntuser.ini

h) Right click/tap and Select Copy.
i) Locate the
C:\Users\New_Username folder, where C is the drive that Windows is installed on, and New Username is the name of the new user profile you created.
j) Right click/double tap inside the folder and select
Paste.
k) Restart your PC and check if you are able to log in to the computer using the new Microsoft account with all the files of the old account. 

Once all the data's are transferred you can connect your New user account to old Microsoft account by following the section "Signing in with a Microsoft account" in the below mentioned link:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/microsoft-account-tutorial 

Once all the steps are done and the count is set up properly, You can delete the old Microsoft user account. Follow the steps below to do so:

Follow the steps to delete the corrupted user account profile:
a) Login to your new User Profile.
b) Click/tap on the “Windows logo” and type “User Accounts”.
c) Now, select “Settings” and then select the “User Accounts” icon.
d) Click/tap on “Manage another account” and then select the user account that you want to delete.
e) Click/tap on “delete the account”.
f) Depending on whether you want to “Keep the files” or “delete the files” choose the appropriate option.
g) You can delete the other accounts similarly.

Please reply with the status of the issue, so that we could help you better.

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I tried the first option, and that did not help, so I refreshed my PC without removing the personal files. This has fixed all of my issues, and my computer works perfectly fine now. Thank you for your help!

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Hello Warren,

Thank you for updating us with the status of the issue and I appreciate your efforts in resolving this issue by yourself. This might help other community members. 

For further assistance related to Windows feel free to post your queries in Microsoft forums. We will be glad to assist you.

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When I right click on the PowerShell icon on the taskbar nothing happens so I CANNOT run as administrator.

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Hello Gary,

Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

We regret the inconvenience caused to you. We will assist you with the issue.

In this case I suggest you to follow my response posted on March 2 on this same thread and check if it helps you.

Keep us posted so that we can assist you further.

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