How To Fix A Frozen Taskbar In Windows 10?

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Windows 10 has been known to store a ton of data that make the operating system run more efficiently but sometimes specific issues occur on this window. 

Frozen Taskbar is one of those issues where you cannot use the shortcut keys, nor will you be able to open the start menu by right-clicking on it. It's very frustrating when you can't use the start menu or taskbar on your Windows, isn't it!

Fix a Frozen Taskbar in Windows 10

It's not something to worry about because you will learn specific fixes that will help you get your frozen taskbar back in order. So, not to waste more time, let's see how to fix this issue.

  • Try to Restart your Windows Explorer

  1. Press the combination of Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys on your keyboard to open Task Manager.
  2. In the dropdown menu of Processes, find Window Explorer and right-click on it, and then click on End task.
    click on End task
  3. The explorer will be closed. Now click the File option at the top left side of the task manager menu.
  4. The list will open. Click on Run new task in that list.
    the task manager menu
  5. Now write explorer.exe and hit OK. The explorer will be restarted.
    explorer will be restarted

After restarting it, close the task manager, and the frozen task manager issue will be resolved. If not, then you can try another method.

  • Run System File Checker (SFC)

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc together, and the Task Manager will be opened.
  2. Click on the File to open the list and then click on Run new task.
    click on Run new task
  3. Then in the pop-up box, write explore and click on OK.
  4. It will open the file explorer for you. Head towards C: disk and go to the window. After that, locate the system 32 folder in the window and open it.
  5. Then find cmd.exe in this folder and then right-click on it. Select Run as administrator command prompt and press Yes.
  6. Press enter when the command prompt window is opened and wait until you see that the verification is 100% completed.
  • DISM tool

  1. If the upper two methods are not working for you, you can use this method to solve the issue.
  2. First, follow steps 1 to 5 of the 2nd method so that you open the command prompt Run as administrator.
  3. In the command prompt window, write Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press the Enter button.
    RestoreHealth and press the Enter button
  4. Let it complete the operation, and the frozen taskbar will be fixed after this.
  • PowerShell

You can also use this fix to solve the issue of the frozen taskbar.

  1. To open Window task manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously.
  2. Click on Services in the top menu and locate MpsSvc in the dropdown list. Right-click on it and press start to make it run, if not running.
  3. Now come back to the File tab and open it. Then select Run new task, write PowerShell in the pop-up box, and click OK.
  4.  After opening the PowerShell window, type the below command and click on OK.

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

You will see that the taskbar will start working.

  • Enabling User Manager

  1. Start with opening the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.
  2. Select services and right-click on one of the services in the list. Click on Open Services.
    Click on Open Services
  3. Locate the user manager here and double click on it to go to properties.
  4. Switch the startup type to Automatic and if the services status is not running, click on start.
  5. Restart the Pc and see if you successfully resolve the issue or not.
  • Running System Restore

  1. Open Run command by pressing Window key + R, and type sysdm.cpl in the pop-up box. Then click OK.
  2. Click on System protection and select System Restore.
  3. Click on next and then follow the instruction given to you to restore System.
  4. Restart PC and see if the frozen taskbar is working.
  • Disabling the recently opened Items

The recently opened items may be the reason for freezing the taskbar. So, you are required to disable all of them.

  1. To open settings, press and hold Win +I together.
  2. Move to personalization and then click on start.
  3. Turn off by sliding the Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar toggle.
  4. Reboot, and the taskbar will start working.
  • New user Account

If you still fail to resolve the issue, you have to create a new user account to fix it.

  1. First, press and hold Win + I to open Settings and then click on Accounts to create an Account.
  2. Open Family and other users from the list opened on the left side.
  3. Choose the option of Add someone else to this PC by clicking on it.
  4. Then select the option of I don't have this person's sign-in information available at the bottom.
  5. Get to Add a user without a Microsoft account option.
  6. Write a new user name and password to create an account and click Next.

The account will be created successfully. Use this account to sign in and then see if the frozen taskbar issue is resolved or not. If yes, move your data from your older account to this account. 

I hope one of these methods will help you out, and it will fix the frozen taskbar issue on your Windows 10.