Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working | How to Fix Issues

There are various programs to optimize your computer and improve the performance of your operating system. The tasks of each of these programs, among other things, include cleaning the registry from unnecessary sections. Some of the most popular applications for optimizing the operation of the operating system and computer are CCleaner and Auslogics Boot Speed. There will not be an overview of working with this software, since usually users do not have any difficulties when working with such software and, in general, this is not the article. The aforementioned programs are beneficial in most cases, but as the saying goes, “not all yoghurts are created equal.” In some cases, the Auslogics program and its “cleaning” of the Windows 10 operating system registry are not useful.

windows 10 Taskbar not working Issue

The problem of the not working taskbar is very popular as a large number of users use programs to optimize their PCs. But, unfortunately, not all developers have time to update their software for the latest OS from Microsoft. After performing the “optimization” of Windows 10 by the Auslogics BootSpeed ​​program, a problem such as a non-working taskbar and a start menu button is detected. Also, all notifications and basic PC adjustments – icons for adjusting the sound level, managing wireless networks, and so on – stop working. 

The fact is that the recently released Windows 10 operating system is noticeably different from its predecessors, including the registry. Registry cleaning programs see some of its branches as junk and delete them without trial or investigation. In our case, in the process of cleaning the registry with the Auslogics BootSpeed ​​program, the supposedly unnecessary ActivatableClasses branch of the Windows 10 registry is deleted, but this branch is also responsible for the correct operation of the entire taskbar. Actually because of this, the problem arises.

How to Solve issue in task bar Windows 10

To solve the problem, I recommend watching the following video on how to restore the taskbar to work after an unsuccessful cleaning of the registry with Auslogics.To restore the normal performance of the taskbar and the “Start” button, you must restore the deleted registry branch, which was located here: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ ActivatableClasses. This branch can be restored by copying it from another PC running Windows 10.

Launch the registry editor: START -> Run (Win + R) -> regedit.exe (you must have administrator rights).

In the window that opens, find the HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ ActivatableClasses branch and go to the File -> Export menu.

Select the path (most likely to a USB flash drive) where you want to save the registry key and file name and click “Save”. On the second PC (on which the taskbar does not work), open the registry editor START -> Run (Win + R) -> regedit.exe in the same way , select the File menu -> Import and find the newly exported registry branch. We confirm the changes and restart the computer.

How can I stop this problem from happening in the future?

First, you can stop using registry cleaners. But this is too drastic a decision. Secondly, you can customize the work of optimizer programs so that they do not disable the main components of Windows. To do this, in the Auslogics Bootspeed program, before starting the cleaning of the Windows 10 registry, you must uncheck the “File associations” checkbox. In this case, the program will not affect unnecessary branches and the OS will work normally.

Taskbar in Windows 10 stops working

The easiest way is to scan the system using the built-in utility. It’s called the SFC. It is with its help that the problems that come to us with the automatic update of the operating system are solved. If the taskbar in Windows 10 really does not work, then to restore its full performance, you will have to do the following:

Run the command line as Administrator. To do this is as easy as shelling pears – you just need to right-click on “Start” and select the appropriate item in the context menu. If it doesn’t work, then press the key combination (start button on the keyboard) win + R and enter the command “cmd” without quotes.

A command prompt window has opened. Here you need to enter the command “sfc / scannow” (without quotes, of course);

After that, a notification will appear in the line that the scan has begun. The information will constantly change depending on the stage of the scan. It can take a certain amount of time – about half an hour;

In the automatic mode, problems in the Registry will be found and eliminated. After completing the scanning process, be sure to restart your computer and check the functionality of the taskbar.

If it still does not function, do not despair – we have prepared another method that will surely help to cope with this problem. 

Restarting the taskbar using PowerShell

If the method above turned out to be ineffective in your case, then you should use the almost one hundred percent option to restore the taskbar to work. But first, you must turn off the firewall built into the OS, otherwise nothing will work.

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