Windows 10: A fix for the disappearing Taskbar

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  1.    05 Jun 2017 #1

    A fix for the disappearing Taskbar

    After the latest Windows update, my taskbar disappeared. I tried everything I could find in several forums, but nothing worked. I stumbled onto this quick solution that restores the taskbar each morning.
    This only takes a few seconds. Left Click on the Windows icon, right click on a program, for example Calculator. Under "More", click on "pin to taskbar". That fills the taskbar. When you start your system tomorrow, do the same thing, but "unpin from taskbar". I told you it was easy. It's a shame we have to go through that to get the taskbar to show up again.
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  2.    05 Jun 2017 #2

    Hi, thanks, just wondering for clarification- to which update are you referring in particular? Do you mean upgrading to the Creator's Build, or the latest update for either the Creator's Build or the Anniversary Build (people currently use both at present- and a few still on 1511 for example).
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  3.    05 Jun 2017 #3

    I don't know. This happened about 3 or 4 weeks ago. One of the suggestions I got was to reinstall windows using an iso file but saving my data and apps. I did that. My update history only shows these 2 updates. They have dates that were after my Taskbar problems.

    2017-05 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4020821)
    Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 x64 Edition - May 2017 (KB890830)

    They have dates that were after my Taskbar problems.
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  4.    05 Jun 2017 #4

    Ok, as you've only 2, presumably that was the Creator's build; you're probably owed some updates since that.

    This is the latest:
    Cumulative Update KB4020102 Windows 10 v1703 Build 15063.332 - Windows 10 Forums
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  5.    05 Jun 2017 #5

    Thanks. I installed the update as you suggested, then rebooted as directed. The Taskbar was populated. Thinking this was too good to be true, I restarted to see if it was still there. Unfortunately the Taskbar was gone.
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  6.    05 Jun 2017 #6

    Just curious- did you use Windows update? (No relevance in that to the unfortunate taskbar issue).
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  7.    05 Jun 2017 #7

    Yes. This is what was installed.
    2017-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4020102)
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  8.    06 Jun 2017 #8

    Is there a possibility that your auto hide taskbar option is turned on?
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  9.    06 Jun 2017 #9

    No that's turned off.
    My wife's Toshiba laptop just a major update. Now her taskbar is empty too. Sooner or later Microsoft will figure this out. We have a temporary fix that's fairly easy to every morning.
    Thanks to all.
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  10.    06 Jun 2017 #10

    A couple of ideas - which may or may not be relevant- just from reading around:
    1. Try CTRL + ESC

    2. Check for this entry
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    -the value of Shell should be “Explorer.exe”. If it is not, then change it, or else if you don’t have that value name, create it. After that, restart.

    My Taskbar is missing and I have no Start button. What do I do? - Ask Leo!
    Last edited by dalchina; 06 Jun 2017 at 13:59.
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