Windows 10: Taskbar/Start button not working!
I have mixed feelings about it after a day of it, Insight into an area I hadn't thought of, but it is not a permanent fix. I have to do it every time a sign on with that one user. Three steps is all it takes and no restart needed. Now I'm focused on Win-Update problem.
Taskbar/Start button not working! (SOLVED for me)
You set me thinking. I was having the same problem with a friend's laptop. I was just preparing myself to have to go through the list of recipes for fixing the problem.
Your post reminded me though that I had vaguely noticed in passing that the laptop was not slow on startup. I thought that your suggestion was a promising line of approach, and I elected to try it first.
I changed the setting, but it didn't make any difference.
Then I noticed that the Power button settings were 'Hibernate' for both battery and Powered. Now I had shut down the laptop, after changing the 'fast start up' setting, using the 'ShutDown' option from Windows 10 itself after [Alt]+[F4]-ing until everything was closed. So I would have expected the Shutdown to be a true Shutdown.
I just wondered if perhaps the ShutDown command in Windows was taking its cue from the settings on the Power Button. So, I changed the settings on the Power Button to ShutDown, instead of Hibernate.
Bingo! The following startup was clearly different, and was obviously loading fresh and everything worked. All the settings and task bar items had returned!
Thank you very much for your suggestion!
I have no idea what caused the problem in my case, but I wonder if the high incidence of people saying that various suggestions made here and in other threads 'didn't work' for them is mainly caused by people not effectively getting a clean start after 'fixing' the problem?
Using your suggestion, I have only made sure that a startup is a clean startup. I have changed no other parameters, and the problem went away.
Thank you. I think that you saved me a lot of effort. Well Done!
I like this idea and will try it as soon as the problem reappears. I just downloaded a fresh copy of Win-10 and refreshed from it instead of my Recovery partition. All four users in this laptop are workin for now. Thanks for the idea. I tracked down the PID too, just to get the annoying popup off my screen. Thanks again.
Last edited by StoneD1612; 03 Apr 2016 at 20:36.
Not sure which one of the millions of the above suggestions really worked, but it started working. MS should hire some retirees back to put them straight.
Unfortunately, I tried most of them. What worked for me was downloading a fresh copy of Windows 10 and restoring from that instead of the one in my Recovery partition. (sorry, I didn't realize I posted that already)
Hi. I have Windows 10 Home, version 1511 build 10586.164. Since my OEM (HP) worked their magic and restored my four months-old laptop to its proper state after having been screwed up by the January Windows Updates, I've only had some minor intermittent niggles. One of the is (or was) the Search window/magnifying glass would work.
I've just tried your solution (remove Skype) Arian and it's worked. I went to Control Panel > Programs and searched there for/removed Skype. Thanks!!
Hi StoneD1612. I'm with you - I don't want/need Skype - but when I removed it (per Arian's suggestion), my Search window worked again. May I suggest that you go to Control Panel > Programs and search for Skype there. You should find that there's a small App called something like Skype video ad/tutorial. That's what was causing my problem. Even though I don't want Skype, I had this advert video that I didn't know I had. Remove it from Control Panel and see if it works for you.
I found these hideous entries at: C:\Users\me\Tracing\WPPMedia\Skype_MediaStackETW-6.0.8944.324-lcsmedia_vnext_release4(rtbldlab)-x86fre-U.etl
Wonder if I delete them things will be better?
You need a techie to answer that but as WPP Media is a huge advertising company might that be one of those trackers? I use SuperAntiSpyware (free) to stop those - since having Win10, the number of tracking cookies it's picked up has gone from 3 or 4 a day to 25/30 a day>
Interesting that Microsoft Support says this is ' Answered'.
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