Windows 10: Taskbar/Start button not working!

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  1.    03 Aug 2015 #1

    Taskbar/Start button not working!


    I have Window 10, just upgraded it was working great I turned my computer off and went to bed last night. 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, however I can click my apps that are pinned to the Taskbar to open them. I can't right click on them tho to do anything with. I have tried to restart Explorer. It did nothing Also something else I think might be worth adding. I had Microsoft Edge pinned to taskbar when I turned my computer on and tried to open it is when all of this started. The Icon of Edge went black and then just removed it self from my Taskbar. Now nothing works. Can anyone help me!
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  2.    03 Aug 2015 #2

    Open command prompt

    To do this try doing the followimg:

    Press windows key and S and type cmd
    In command prompt type SFC /scannow

    Press enter and let it scan for missing or corrupt files and reboot when it finishes

    You could also try last known good configuration at boot up
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  3.    03 Aug 2015 #3

    Marcdxn said: View Post
    Open command prompt

    To do this try doing the followimg:

    Press windows key and S and type cmd
    In command prompt type SFC /scannow

    Press enter and let it scan for missing or corrupt files and reboot when it finishes

    You could also try last known good configuration at boot up


    I did the Command Prompt thing and it said "Corrupted files found but couldn't be fixed"
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  4.    06 Aug 2015 #4

    Click problems on Taskbar for Windows 10


    AlexB95 said: View Post
    I have Window 10, just upgraded it was working great I turned my computer off and went to bed last night. 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, however I can click my apps that are pinned to the Taskbar to open them. I can't right click on them tho to do anything with. I have tried to restart Explorer. It did nothing Also something else I think might be worth adding. I had Microsoft Edge pinned to taskbar when I turned my computer on and tried to open it is when all of this started. The Icon of Edge went black and then just removed it self from my Taskbar. Now nothing works. Can anyone help me!
    Same here... I first noticed it a couple days ago also. My upgrade also worked fine for a few days, then I had the same issues. Clicking Volume/Search/Start icons seem like they are going to work (flashing hourglass), but now do nothing. I have run many anti-malware cleanups (including SFC mentioned below) and rebootings, but no change. Since you can RClick Volume/Start and leave Search Box on, it's not a showstopper, but a major pain. Do you use ASC? At one point, I allowed ASC to change the StartMenu to install StartMenu8 (to imitate Win7 Start Menu), but then uninstalled it. I am wondering if that might be a factor.
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  5.    06 Aug 2015 #5

    I HAD IT ALL WORKING! Then cumulative update was done now the taskbar problem is back, I have NO restore points the update took them out.

    Nothing gets found with the sfc/ scannow
    No way to fix except a reset and reinstall all my software and drivers!

    Is there a way to deactivate my license, I'm done with this POS! MS should have fixed this issue BEFORE release. To me this is a BIG problem and they knew about it from pre-release versions as it has been reported all over their forums!
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  6.    06 Aug 2015 #6

    Found this and it worked for me:

    Open powershell with admin privileges
    Copy and paste this line at the PS prompt:

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

    You might have to wait a second for it to appear, when it does hit enter and wait until the prompt returns from PS

    Don't know how long it will last but it's working now.....
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  7. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 (duh)
       06 Aug 2015 #7

    I have experienced this after messing with Windows services and packages via dism.
    Undoing changes did bring the functionality back.

    I have attached a batch file to reset all services (and optionally device drivers) to defaults.
    Coupled with the solution posted above by flhthemi, should fix most cases.
    Last edited by derekimo; 21 Mar 2016 at 00:27.
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  8.    07 Aug 2015 #8

    AveYo said: View Post
    I have experienced this after messing with Windows services and packages via dism.
    Undoing changes did bring the functionality back.

    I have attached a batch file to reset all services (and optionally device drivers) to defaults.
    Coupled with the solution posted above by flhthemi, should fix most cases.
    Thank you SO much for that file fix! I "accidentally" upgraded to 10 (I had it downloading in the background while I was working, and I must have pressed the space bar when the confirmation window popped up on my screen to start the upgrade) and this bug was really frustrating me, as the problem was preventing me from running powershell in admin mode. I did have to reinstall my wireless adapter driver, but apart from that everything worked perfectly after applying the fix.
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  9.    07 Aug 2015 #9

    I might be wrong so feel free to say so...but if you want to run powershell with admin privileges if you right click on the start button and open command with admin can't powershell then be called from the DOS command line and it would be in admin mode? I'm not on my Win 10 drive right now (Win 7) so I can't confirm this works...

    EDIT: It will work but it doesnt look the same. You wont even realize you're in powershell until you type. So I suppose you could enter a powershell command right there. I just entered EXIT and mashed return and got out to DOS before I might have made a huge mistake.

    What I did was right click on the task bar, then properties. In the window that opens there is a tab labeled Navigation. This will allow you to change the option to powershell instead of a command prompt. Now you can right click the Start button and on the menu list select the admin powershell option! Once you're done you can change it all back to the default!
    Last edited by flhthemi; 08 Aug 2015 at 10:53.
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  10.    13 Aug 2015 #10

    Additional problems


    I've been trying to do some of the suggested solutions on this page, but I have some additional problems which prevent me from doing so. E.g. I cannot start Powershell as an admin, not even with the solution suggested in the reply before me, because when I replaced CMD with Powershell in the right-click start "menu", it simply won't start and neither can I right click on anything in a folder or the taskbar itself with the exception of right-clicking on the start icon or right-clicking tray-icons like Dropbox. Also the start menu won't appear, neither does the search option, even Edge won't start (I'm using Chrome anyways). Some times the task bar freezes, but tray-icons like Dropbox will still show that it's updating something when it is updating something and remain normal when it's doing nothing. I can right-click the background, but neither the screen settings and the costumization will open. I can however still use Winkey+R and open stuff from there. But the main problem is, I cannot open anything as an admin, because right-clicking does not work.
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