Windows 10 Taskbar Disabled Solved

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  1.    14 Feb 2018 #1

    Windows 10 Taskbar Disabled

    I am getting an intermittent problem with the Windows 10 Taskbar. I will be working normally, browsing and when I left or right click any entry on the taskbar (including Start) nothing happens. The problem will persist until I reboot, which I have to do using Task Manager by Ctrl+Alt+Del.
    Task Manager reports "Task Host Window is stopping background tasks" before asking for confirmation to close anyway.
    I get this pattern of problems quite frequently. Does anyone know whats going on please?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18317
       17 Feb 2018 #2

    Hello Hercules, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    As a test, does restarting the explorer process allow the taskbar to work properly afterwards?

    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    17 Feb 2018 #3

    Hello Brink - Thanks for your response. I haven't tried that, but I will do so next time it occurs, and report back.
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  4.    19 Feb 2018 #4

    Hello Again Brink - I'm now in position to report back on your suggestion. I installed the additional option to restart Explorer, and yesterday the taskbar became disabled. I first noticed it after I tried to access the taskbar settings by right click. I used the option to restart Explorer, which worked fine, but the taskbar was still disabled. I used the Task Manager to reboot, and as before it complained about a Host Task Window stopping background tasks together with a message about a plug and play facility needing a reboot ??
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18317
       19 Feb 2018 #5

    Getting the "Task Host Window is stopping background tasks" message is normal when you force a reboot like that since you have a hung app. It's just asking for confirmation to force them closed before restarting.

    I'm not sure about the "plug and play facility needing a reboot" message.

    Have you recently connected any new hardware or devices, or installed drivers for something?
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  6.    19 Feb 2018 #6

    Hello and thanks again for your help.
    No, I haven't connected new hardware or installed drivers for a long time. I don't know if its relevant, but I have disabled all Add ons in Internet Explorer in an attempt to stop it crashing all the time.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18317
       19 Feb 2018 #7

    If this has just recently started to happen, then you could try doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started.
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  8.    20 Feb 2018 #8

    I did a search for system restore, and this shows only 4 restore points (after I'd asked it to show more). These go back to 29/01/2018 as follows:
    15/2/2018 Manual (by me), 13/2/2018 Critical Update (by Windows Update), 07/2/2018 As on 13/2/2018,
    29/1/2018 Automatic Restore Point (by System).
    I'm surprised that there are not more of them, as I know that I've done others, but I'm not sure how long these are kept for.
    I have been trying to resolve this problem for some time, so I don't think going back three weeks would be enough. If I do try it, what happens about the Critical Updates on the 7th and 13th Feb?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18317
       20 Feb 2018 #9

    Since this doesn't happen often enough to try a clean boot for troubleshooting, you could try doing a repair install without losing anything.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade Windows 10 Tutorials
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  10.    20 Feb 2018 #10

    Thanks. I'll try that :)
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