Nothing shows on Taskbar, can't use search or start button.


  1. Posts : 2
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    Nothing shows on Taskbar, can't use search or start button.


    I'm running Windows 10 and have been since it was first released. This morning I was playing a game, and my sound stopped working, so I rebooted my computer to see if that would fix it. It fixed the problem, but I had no icons pinned on my taskbar, no time & date, and the search and start button would not work. After hard-booting the computer for a second time, there was still nothing. When I open a program the icon doesn't show on the taskbar. Help please??
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    Assuming RIGHT click at the Start button still working ..............

    Right click at it > click Command Prompt (Admin) > type powershell > press Enter key.
    At the flashing prompt, copy and paste this command line ( to avoid typo it's best to apply Copy/paste method)......

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

    > press Enter.
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  3. Posts : 2
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    I can't right click the start button either.
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  4. davidhk's Avatar
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    windows 10 Pro ver 20H2 build 19042.867
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    Restart your computer > do not sign in
    in the sign in screen, bottom right, click the Power icon > one of the options that appears is Restart >
    press Shift key and hold >while still holding, click Restart > click "Restart anyway" if you are asked to confirm the action > wait > click Troubleshoot ..............
    you can select Reset this PC, or > click Advanced options which will give you several options such as System Restore, System Image Recovery etc if they are applicable to you.
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    RejectedNacho said:
    I'm running Windows 10 and have been since it was first released. This morning I was playing a game, and my sound stopped working, so I rebooted my computer to see if that would fix it. It fixed the problem, but I had no icons pinned on my taskbar, no time & date, and the search and start button would not work. After hard-booting the computer for a second time, there was still nothing. When I open a program the icon doesn't show on the taskbar. Help please??
    Did your problem get solved R Nacho?
    I am having a similar problem. Now & then when I start my computer, nothing appears in the task bar, the Microsoft Start button at the bottom left fails to respond to either a left or right click, the Cortana window "Ask me anything" & the Task View are also unresponsive'
    I then restart the computer either by pressing the power button for some time or by the Ctrl/Alt/Delete process. On re-starting everything is fine.
    What I don't know is how to prevent this problem from occurring again.
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  6. Posts : 2
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    davidhk said:
    ...

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

    > press Enter.
    I am having exactly the same problem as RejectedNacho. I was able to run Powershell as an admin through Task Manager and pasted the above command as I'd seen it on a number of other forums where this problem is being discussed. Here's what I got.

    Deployment operation progress: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\App
    Initialized

    Nothing has happened since then and the problem remains.

    ---EDIT---
    System Restore, via the method suggested above, to the previous windows update (not the most recent one) has fixed things for me.
    Last edited by TotalFuneral; 03 Jan 2016 at 06:36.
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