Taskbar freezes occasionally (Windows 8 Pro)

Hi. I have found out that sometimes the taskbar doesn't work as it should. It shows icons of programs I have already closed long time ago. I check using the task manager that the programs really were closed, but icons still remain. There is no way to make them disappear. Also, as you can see from the screenshot below, the taskbar clock doesn't run.

http://tinypic.com/r/ouw8d4/6

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Hi Munkkikattila,

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I would recommend you to check in safe mode and check if the issue still persists

Check in Safe mode.

Method:

Start the computer in Safe mode, to start the computer with minimal set of drivers and files.

a) Press the ‘Windows + R’ key on the keyboard.

b) In the ‘Run’ windows type ‘MSCONFIG’ and click ‘Ok’.

c) Click the ‘Boot’ tab.

d) Under ‘Boot Options’, select the‘Safe Boot’ option.

e) Choose the type of safe mode by selecting one of the options below the Safe boot check box:‘Minimal’.

f) Click ‘OK’ and then restart your PC.

Note: Restart the computer to start in normal mode.

If the issue still persists, perform a clean boot.

Method:

Check in Clean Boot

To help troubleshoot error messages and other issues, you can start Windows 8 Release Preview by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This kind of startup is known as a "clean boot." A clean boot helps eliminate software conflicts.

Step 1:

a) Press the ‘Windows + R’ key on the keyboard.

b) In the ‘Run’ windows type ’MSCONFIG’ and click ‘Ok’.

c) Click the ‘Boot’ tab and uncheck ‘Safe Boot’ option.

d) On the ‘General’ tab, click to select the option ‘Selective startup’, and then click to clear the option Load startup items check box.

e) On the ‘Services’ tab, click to select the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ check box, and then click ‘Disable all’.

f) On the ‘Startup’ tab, click ‘Open Task Manager’. In the Task Manager window under startup tab, right click on each startup item that are enabled and select ‘Disable’.

g) Click ‘OK’, and then click Restart.

Step 2: Enable half of the services

a. Follow steps 1a and 1b to start the System Configuration utility.

b. Click the Services tab, and then click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box.

c. Click to select half of the check boxes in the Service list.

d. Click OK, and then click Restart.

Step 3: Determine whether the problem returns

If the problem still occurs, repeat step 1 and step 2. In step 2, click to clear half of the check boxes that you originally selected in the Service list.

If the problem does not occur, repeat step 1 and step 2. In step 2, select only half of the remaining check boxes that are cleared in the Service list. Repeat these steps until you have selected all the check boxes.

If only one service is selected in the Service list, and you still experience the problem, the selected service causes the problem. Go to step 6. If no service causes this problem, go to step 4.

Step 4: Enable half of the Startup items

If no startup item causes this problem, a Microsoft service most likely causes the problem. To determine which Microsoft service may be causing the problem,
Repeat step 1 and step 2 without selecting the Hide all Microsoft services check box in either step.

Step 5: Determine whether the problem returns

If the problem still occurs, repeat step 1 and step 4. In step 4, click to clear half of the check boxes that you originally selected in the Startup Item list.

If the problem does not occur, repeat step 1 and step 4. In step 4, select only half of the remaining check boxes that are cleared in the Startup Item list. Repeat these steps until you have selected all the check boxes.

If only one startup item is selected in the Startup Item list, and you still experience the problem, the startup item that is selected in the list is the service that is causing the problem. Go to step 6.

If no startup item causes this problem, a Microsoft service most likely causes the problem. To determine which Microsoft service may be causing the problem, repeat step 1 and step 2 without selecting the Hide all Microsoft services check box in either step.

Step 6: Resolve the problem.

After you determine the startup item or the service that causes the problem, contact the program manufacturer to determine whether the problem can be resolved. Alternatively, run the System Configuration utility, and then click to clear the check box for the problem item.

Step 7:

After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps to boot to normal startup.

a) Press the ‘Windows + R’ key on the keyboard.

b) In the ‘Run’ windows type ’MSCONFIG’ and click ‘Ok’.

c) On the ‘General’ tab, click the ‘Normal Startup’ option, and then click ‘OK’.

d) When you are prompted to restart the computer, click ‘Restart’.

I would suggest you to run windows defender:

Run a windows defender.

Steps:

press win+w,from the start screen
In the search box, type windows defender
check mark full scan and click on scan

 Note: Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

Important Note: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn't disable your antivirus software. If you have to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you're connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.



I would recommend you to check the status of Windows Time service.

Method:

Click Windows key +R.
Type services.msc.
Scroll down to find Windows Time.
Start and stop the service and check the issue.

Let us know the status.

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I am finding the same thing on 1 out of 3 Windows 8 pro machines I am running.  Followed the steps which did not resolve my issue.

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I am having the same issue on Windows 8 Enterprise.  The taskbar is definitely bugged. 

*edit*

I run dual screens, and usually have a full screen rdp session on the second monitor, just noticed the second monitor shows the taskbar correctly but the main monitor has the bugged taskbar.

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I have the same exact issue. I reinstalled my windows and it happened again. Are you all running it on a domain? I wonder if it has something to do with a group policy?

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I have the same exact issue. I reinstalled my windows and it happened again. Are you all running it on a domain? I wonder if it has something to do with a group policy?

No domain, my Win 8 Pro is a home computer.

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I have the same exact issue. I reinstalled my windows and it happened again. Are you all running it on a domain? I wonder if it has something to do with a group policy?

No domain, my Win 8 Pro is a home computer.


Same here but Win 8 Enterprise 90 day trial.  Sometimes I restart explorer in task manager and the problem goes away and sometimes it doesn't.  Have the issue at least once every one or two days.  I'm an IT consultant mostly using this computer all day.  Reboot makes it go away longer than restarting explorer in task manager.  Dual monitor setup, single video card, NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500 Driver Provider: NVIDIA Driver Date: 10/2/12 Driver Version 9.18.13.697

 

Always can clear frozen taskbar by hitting Windows key on keyboard twice. Very annoying because my clock doesn't update and I am late for calls/meeting :)

 

 

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I have multiple monitors.. Do you all have more than one as well?

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I have multiple monitors.. Do you all have more than one as well?
Single monitor here.

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I only have 1 monitor, but have this issue repeatedly.

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In my case the task bar is not completely frozen but the time displayed is frozen. If if move the mouse over the time displayed,  I get the clock to be displayed correctly while the time on the menu bar is still frozen. 
Also, The time displayed when opening the charms (win key+C) is correct.
I found a way to go around this problem by dragging the menu bar from the bottom to the right of the screen then back to the bottom. 
This problem is occurring daily.

Rgds,

Daniel

PS: I am also experiencing the 5010 netwlv32 event flooding problem. I installed the latest driver. If anyone has solved it... Please let me know.

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