5 Ways To Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Frozen Error

5 ways to fix windows 10 taskbar frozen error

Are you facing errors in the taskbar after upgrading to Windows 10? Is your taskbar freezing now and then? Are you not able to use the shortcut command keys?

In the recent Windows10 update, and has given great connecting methods but nothing can beat, Microsoft has also given some simple taskbar tricks, but this has introduced some frustrating errors in the system. Many Windows users who upgraded to Windows 10 recently, have made complaints of the tasks bar completely freezing multiple times. Due to this, users cannot click on any element on the taskbar, i.e., start menu, icons, notifications. Some users can not access the shortcut keys such as Windows+R or Windows+X. This error is referred to as a Taskbar Frozen Error.

Though the root cause for this Frozen Error is unspecified, there are several ways to fix this issue temporarily. Given below in this article are the most comfortable and most effective tricks that can be helpful to unfreeze and gain a fully functional Taskbar once again.

Method 1: Restart
Windows Explorer

The first and foremost thing to do is to restart the windows explorer.

Whenever the Taskbar freezes,

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager

Step 2: Under the Head “Windows Processes” of the Processes Menu, find Windows Explorer.

Step 3: Click on Windows Explorer > Restart.

In a few seconds, Explorer restarts and taskbar 

starts working again.

Method 2: Run An SFC Scan

If that doesn’t work in favor, then try to run an SFC scan.

To do so, follow the given instructions:

Step 1: Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Windows Task Manager.

Step 2: In the Task Manager, click on Start > Run new task. 

Step 3: Type cmd in the open box and then check the box “Create this task with administrative privileges” and click OK.

Step 4: In the command prompt, type the following commands, and press the Enter key after each command:

sfc /scannow

dism /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

It runs a system file check and repairs all corrupt system files on the computer.

Step 5: Restart the computer.

Method 3: Use Powershell Command

Powershell Command can also be used to unfreeze the taskbar. But before performing that, make sure to enable the Windows Firewall.

To enable the Windows Firewall,

Step1: Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Windows Task Manager.

Step 2: Click on the More Details > Services tab.

Step 3: Make sure that MpsSvc, also described as Windows Firewall, is running.

Now, to use the Powershell Command:

Step 1: Press and hold the Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog box (also known as Run prompt).

Step 2: Type Powershell in the Run dialog box (Run prompt) and hit the Enter key.

In case the Run dialog box fails to open, or the Windows shortcuts can not be accessed, the following steps can also be followed.

Step 1: Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Windows Task Manager

Step 2: Click on Start > Run new task

Step 3: Type Powershell in the open box.

Step 4: Then check the box “Create this task with administrative privileges”

Step 5: Click, OK to proceed further.

Step 3: In the Powershell window, type the following command line: 

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

Step 5: Hit the Enter key.

The taskbar should function entirely after that.

Method 4: Enable
The User Manager

Sometimes, a disabled User Manager results in a frozen Windows taskbar.

To enable the User Manager, follow the given steps:

Step 1: Press and hold the Windows logo key + R. This opens the Run dialog box.

Step 2: Type services.msc and Click OK.  It opens the services console.

Step 3: Search and double-click the User Manager.

Step 4: Set the Startup type to Automatic and start the service if it has been stopped.

Step 5: Hit OK to complete the task.

Step 6: Restart the computer.

The taskbar should function flawlessly by now.

Method 5: Disable Recently Opened Items

Disabling the recently opened items also helps to speed up the list launch

To disable items that are recently opened, follow the instruction given below:

Step1: Press and hold the Windows logo key + I to go to the Settings.

Step 2: Select Personalization.

Step 3: Click Start.

Step 4: Slide the toggle button beside “Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar” to turn it off.

The taskbar should not freeze upon the next reboot.

Several other ways can be followed if the methods as mentioned earlier do not work. These include uninstalling applications, performing a system restore, resetting the default Windows10 services, delivering a clean boot, etc. Running the CHKDSK and DISM tools may also help. Updating all drivers using driver easily and updated to the most recent version of bios (non-beta version) can also do the trick. 

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