Solved: Taskbar/Start Button Not Working Windows 10

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2020 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

Taskbar/Start Button on Windows 10 Is Not Working

"I have Windows 10, it was working great since upgraded. Today I turn it on and now when I click the Start button or Windows key, the mouse just looks like it is loading, the taskbar flashes, and nothing comes up. I'm not able to use the search bar, and I can't right click apps pinned to the taskbar, either. Also, something else I think might be worth adding. I had Microsoft Edge pinned to the taskbar, when I turned my computer on and tried to open it, the icon of Edge went black and then just removed it self from my Taskbar. Now nothing works. Can anyone help me fix taskbar/start button not working issue on Windows 10?"

How to Solve Taskbar/Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10

Quite a large number of Windows 10 users are reporting the abnormal function on the Start and Taskbar menu, and many computer technicians, as well as experienced users, are offering feasible solutions for such a loophole. In general, we summarize 6 fixes that they most recommended, hope at least one of them will work for your case.

Fix 1. Try Restarting the Operating System

Hit Alt + F4 to open the Shut-Down Windows dialog box.

Fix 2. Close/Uninstall Antivirus Program

Over 20% victims easily solved the problem after thoroughly quitting or uninstalling antivirus program like AVG running on Windows 10 computer.

Fix 3. Use Command Prompt

1. Press the Windows + S keys, type cmd, open Command Prompt that shows up in the search result.
2. Type and enter: Powershell.
3. copy the following codes: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Fix 4. Create a New User Account

To create a new Account, press Windows key + I to open Settings, and follow the instruction to create a new user account.

Tip: If you create a new User Account for your Windows 10, that account won't have this issue. But you should copy your files from Desktop, Downloads, Documents, etc. to the other Local Drive. Or else you might lose it.

FIX 5. Update Windows 10 with New ISO

Windows 10 Taskbar/Start button won't work in certain Windows build OS, so make sure you keep Windows 10 up to date. Auto update does not help. Download Windows 10 ISO file. This is the download link for Media Creation Tool:

Run the Media Creation Tool after download, it will download Windows 10 ISO file to the Desktop. Open the Windows ISO with windows explorer, run the exe file. You got two options to proceed, Download and install updates or Not right now. Both shall fix the issue.

FIX 6. Restore to the Previous Version of Windows

If method 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 do not solve your problem, you have to choose to do Windows 10 update or restore to an earlier system point that had no Start/Taskbar problem. System restore would become easier if users have created a system backup image by using EaseUS free backup software, one click would accomplish system recovery process.

Step 1. To backup only Windows 10 on your computer, please directly choose the option "OS" on the home screen.

choose system backup

Step 2. Now the new window pops up, where you can customize your own Windows 10 backup by choosing a backup location(HDD, USB hard disk, network drives, Cloud drives...), adding a plan name and text description to it. 

choose a backup location to backup windows 10

Since it's about backing up OS, it's significant to turn on the "Schedule", where you can enable an automatic Windows 10 backup at a set time like daily, monthly...or upon an event, telling the Windows 10 backup to start when system startup, system shutdown, user logon or user log off.

schedule windows 10 backup

Step 3. Once all the basic settings were made, click "Proceed". Wait for a while you will create a full Windows 10 backup to protect your system from unexpected disasters.

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