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There are cases when the taskbar of the Windows 10 Operating system becomes totally unresponsive and one of the most popular reasons this happens is because of the Windows updates. The files which are essential to the Windows Operating System are either modified, damaged or corrupt and this leads to the freezing problems. When this problem occurs, you will not even be able to use the shortcut keys in order to open up the utilities which are necessary to troubleshoot this problem. The start + X, start + I, start + R key combinations will not work at all.

Even if you try to right click on the start button, there will be no response. We have compiled an all round guide in order to troubleshoot and fix this issue which you are facing. There are loads of fixes available for different situations and you might have to jump from one website to another in order to find the one fix that works for you. This guide will eliminate the need to do that and you will save a ton of time.

Steps to fix the Frozen Windows 10 Taskbar

Fix 1: Restart the explorer.exe functionality

Sometimes, the core of the frozen taskbar problem lies in the malfunctioning of explorer and all it takes to fix the issue is restarting the service.

  • To restart the explorer service, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc buttons
  • This will open up the Taskbar
  • Open up the Processes tab under the Taskbar menu and search for the process which is named explorer.exe
  • Right click the explorer.exe process and click on the End Task button
  • Now expand the File menu and click on the option which says ‘New Task’
  • It will open up a window, type explorer.exe in the input box and press the Ok button
  • This will restart all the explorer functionalities like the taskbar and your frozen taskbar should now be fixed

In case the frozen taskbar issue still persists, make sure to follow the next fix.

Fix 2: Run the file scanning functionality namely the sfc and check your disk using the chkdsk command

In order to run the required commands, you will need to access the command prompt as an administrator. But the problem is, the taskbar is unresponsive and the shortcut related to the taskbar will not work. Follow the below steps in order to overcome this problem and open up the command prompt.

  • Navigate to the C drive
  • Open the Windows folder and then the System32 folder inside it
  • Search for the file named as cmd.exe
  • Right click that file and click on the option to Run it as an Administrator
  • Use the following commands : Sfc /scannow, sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows and make sure you use them one by one and press enter after you input each one of them in the Command Prompt.
  • After all the changes have taken effect, reboot your computer
  • Use the chkdsk command:
  • Open the Explorer and right click the drive on which you want to perform the check
  • Click the Properties option and open up the Tools tab
  • Under the Error Checking Space, click on the Check button which will check the drive for any file system errors
  • In case something is using the drive, schedule the scan for the reboot and restart your computer
  • This will start the scan while booting so that nothing else hinders the process
  • It can take a while for it to complete scanning and fixing the errors
  • Alternatively, if you are unable to access the File Explorer, type the CHKDSK /f /r command in the command prompt and press Enter
  • Press y when prompted to schedule
  • Reboot

Fix 3: Use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool

Run the following commands in the Command Prompt and hit Enter after you use each one

  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

If they are not running, try the following:

  • Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess
  • Restart your computer and check if the error has been fixed

Fix 4: Using the Powershell

  • Open the Task Manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc buttons
  • Find the Firewall service in the Services window (MpsSvc) and in case it is not enabled, start it
  • Press the Start + R keys and type powershell in the Run dialog
  • You can locate the windowspowershell folder in System32 and open up the v1.0 file alternatively
  • Type Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and wait for the command to work

Reboot your pc and check if it solves your problems

Fix 5: Use system restore

  • Open Run and type in sysdm.cpl
  • Press the Ok button and open the System Protection window
  • Click on System Restore button and follow on screen instructions

Check if this solves your problems

Fix 6: Switch the user manager on

  • Open the Task Manager and Click the Services tab
  • Right click on of the services and click the Open Service option
  • Search for the User Manager and open it up
  • Set the Startup Type to Automatic and Restart the service

This should solve the freezing issues

Fix 7: Modifying personalization settings

  • Right click on your desktop and click the Personalize option
  • Click the Start option presented in the menu
  • Disable ‘Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar.’
  • Restart the computer

Fix 8: Clean boot your OS

Use the system configuration options in order to disable the startup items and restart your computer

Fix 9: Make a new user profile

  • Press the Start + I keys to open Settings
  • Select the Other People option
  • Click on Add Someone Else option
  • Follow the on screen instructions
  • Use that profile in order to check if the issue has been solved


We have provided the best methods for you so that you can fix the taskbar freezing problems no matter what the situation is. Make sure to follow each and every step and do not miss a single step so that there are no further complications. We hope that this guide helps you out. Good luck!

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