Windows 10: Can't open Settings or Start Menu, taskbar visible in fullscreen Solved

  1.    12 Jul 2018 #1

    Can't open Settings or Start Menu, taskbar visible in fullscreen


    So yeah.. title? I don't know how or why it happened. One day, it just kinda did, without any possible explanation.
    Please help me fix these problems, they're the only reason I went and made an account here. I previously had issues with this system, but none were as annoying as this one, and were temporary.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    13 Jul 2018 #2

    Hi, basics:
    a. Try using a system restore point created before this happened. (SR will only be available if you specifically enabled it after any last Win 10 upgrade or installation)
    b. Create a new user for test purposes. Does the same thing happened when logged in as that user? * Distinguishes between Windows corruption and sthg particular to the user profile.
    (Windows key + X may help here).
    c. Do you use disk imaging? We constantly urge users to do so so they can restore their PC to a previous working state quickly and usually without technical help. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage for disk image sets.

    taskbar visible in fullscreen
    - could you explain? What is set to full screen?

    Which is your Windows version? Windows key + R, winver
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    13 Jul 2018 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, basics:
    a. Try using a system restore point created before this happened. (SR will only be available if you specifically enabled it after any last Win 10 upgrade or installation)
    b. Create a new user for test purposes. Does the same thing happened when logged in as that user? * Distinguishes between Windows corruption and sthg particular to the user profile.
    (Windows key + X may help here).
    c. Do you use disk imaging? We constantly urge users to do so so they can restore their PC to a previous working state quickly and usually without technical help. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage for disk image sets.


    - could you explain? What is set to full screen?

    Which is your Windows version? Windows key + R, winver
    Okay. I'll try using a system restore point, considering I made one pretty recently.

    By "taskbar visible in fullscreen", I mean when I launch any games or play YouTube videos in fullscreen mode, the taskbar is still there and not hidden.

    Also, my Windows version is 1709, OS build 16299.431
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    13 Jul 2018 #4

    Taskbar on top: Whilst there isn't a GUI setting for this as far as I know, you might try
    How do i disable always on-top taskbar ? Solved - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums
    post #15

    These suggest various other programs may have this effect. You may need to do further research to find what is doing it in your case, or try by a process of elimination. See these two for examples:
    Windows 10 taskbar always on top, would like to disable that - Microsoft Community
    - certain 'fixes' found.
    Windows 10 brings taskbar on top of fullscreen-windows after - Microsoft Community


      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    13 Jul 2018 #5

    YESSSSSSSSS.
    The system restore point worked! Thank you so much. Every issue has been resolved.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    13 Jul 2018 #6

    Great! You're one of the lucky few for whom System Restore actually worked. (Sometimes it simply won't).

    Now it's worth thinking back and wondering what change- program installation, update etc- might have led to that (see notes on taskbar on top for some possible ideas). Repeating the change may -> the same problem.

    We very strongly recommend- as System Restore is seen as unreliable- the routine use of disk imaging. This lets you restore Windows, or an imaged partition or disk, to a previous working state- i.e. that when you created the image.

    E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage for disk image sets.

    This works for cases where your PC is unbootable, suffers uncorrectable problem, disk fails (=> new disk) - and acts as a full backup.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
Evening all, As of just recently I had to install a fresh windows 10 OS on my alienware aurora R4 due to freezing issues. I had to install windows 8.1 provided with the pc when it was purchaed then upgrade to windows 10 because I couldn't get...
A couple days ago my computer started acting funky and the next day my settings would crash every time I would open it I have tried running the troubleshooters and all the commands in PowerShell and cmd but nothing seems to work. Also, my start menu...
I have been facing an issue where the taskbar is still visible when launching a full screen application, such as game, a video player or even some applications like Remote Desktop Connection. The only way to solve this is restarting Windows Explorer...
Hello, For some reason, my Start menu won't open, by both mouse or keyboard button. Other taskbar items (bottom right icons) aren't opening either, e.g. battery info, wifi menu, audio settings, calendar/clock, and messages. However, I can open...
I upgraded to Windows 10 last night and have had nothing but problems. The biggest one is the fact that I cannot open the start menu, I had worked around it by right clicking it and then selecting what I needed from there. However now that doesn't...

Tags for this Thread

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:18.
Find Us