Windows 10, Taskbar frozen

I recently upgraded to Windows 10 Pro N (from 8.1 Pro N), and I cannot use the taskbar... It is completely frozen, I cannot click on it (so no start menu, no icon, nothing... ). Also, I cannot use shortcut such as Windows+R or Windows+X, nothing shows up... It is really annoying!

How can I fix that?

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There is a fairly easy but temporary fix for the problem.

Whenever the Taskbar freezes

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager

2. Under the Head "Windows Processes" of the Processes Menu find Windows Explorer.

3. Click on it and then Click on Restart button on the bottom right.

4. In a few seconds Explorer restarts and Taskbar starts working again.

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Hi Richard,

 

 

There are multiple reasons why Windows Taskbar freezes. Before we proceed, we would like to confirm if you have already tried restarting Windows Explorer as suggested by ArchitKhandelwal on February 8, 2017. If the issue persists, you can follow the methods provided below:

 

Method 1: Use Powershell

 

Use the Powershell command to unfreeze the frozen taskbar by following the steps below:

 

1.  Press and hold the Windows logo key + R.

2.  Type powershell in the Run dialog box.

3.  Hit Enter.

4.  Type the following command line: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}.

5.  Hit Enter.

 

Take note that you have to enable the Windows Firewall before performing the task above. Here are the steps on how to check if the Windows Firewall was enabled:

 

1.  Open Task Manager.

2.  Click More Details.

3.  Select the Services tab.

4.  Make sure that MpsSvc, also described as Windows Firewall, is running.

 

Method 2: Enable the User Manager.

 

A disabled User Manager sometimes results in a frozen Windows taskbar. To re-enable the User Manager, follow these steps:

 

1.  Press and hold Windows logo key + R.

2.  Type services.msc.

3.  Double-click the User Manager.

4.  Set the Startup type to Automatic.

5.  Hit OK.

6.  Restart the computer.

 

Method 3: Disable Recently Opened Items.

 

Disabling the recently opened items helps to speed up the list launch. To disable items that are recently opened, follow the instruction below:

 

1.  Go to Settings.

2.  Select Personalization.

3.  Click Start.

4.  Slide the toggle button beside Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Star or the taskbar to turn it off.

 

Let us know if you need additional assistance.

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