Windows 10 Taskbar Frozen Error is a very common issue. But don’t worry as we have 5 Ways to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Frozen Error. After following one of these ways, you will be able to overcome this problem.
Windows 10 is probably the only operating system in the world made up of 50 percent useful features and 50 percent annoying bugs. One of those many problems is the Windows 10 taskbar frozen issue. You might have experienced this on other versions of Windows OS too, but it is a lot more predominant on Windows 10. These issues are the main reason why I did not upgrade from the 8.1 which I am currently running, even though I received the update notification years ago.
So, since you are here, reading this line, I assume that you are experiencing the Windows 10 taskbar frozen problem on your precious windows 10 machine (I mean, why else would you care about what I have to say ‘sob’).
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How to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Frozen
This problem is the most annoying one among the list of all Windows 10 problems, mainly because it does not let you access anything. Not just the mouse pointer, but even the keyboard shortcuts like Win+X and Win+R don’t work. So, this obviously needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Even though I am not directly affected by this, yours truly has collected a bunch of methods that will help you fix the Windows 10 taskbar frozen issue. It could also be due to any Windows Hard Disk Problem and you should check it before using these fixes.
Method 1: Restart the Windows Explorer (Desktop)
Explorer is quite simply the launcher that you see in front of you, on the desktop. It consists of everything you know, starting from the taskbar, and pretty much all the other functions that we use every day using keyboard shortcuts. If it is misbehaving for some reason, the taskbar might go unresponsive, since it is also the part of the windows 10 launcher. So naturally, a simple fix to this issue could be to restart the launcher from our dear old task manager. Follow these steps if you have never done this before and need a hand.
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1. Press the CTRL + Shift + ESC keys together, at the same time to open the Task Manager.
2. Click on the process panel (if not selected by default) to get the list of all the running processes at the moment. Now, scroll down the Process panel to find and highlight a process named as Windows Explorer.
Note: – It could also be named as just Explorer too. If you find it difficult to search, in case you have a lot of things running in the background, just highlight any random process, and keep pressing ‘E’. You will find the explorer option eventually.
3. Once you find it, click on the Restart button that you find at the bottom right corner.
The explorer will nor close down and restart on its own. This should fix the taskbar, and it should not be frozen anymore, as the entire launcher has been restarted.
You can also do this without the task manager, using the command prompt. (I case your crush happens to be looking, use this method. You look more relaxed doing this!)
1. Open the command prompt, using the task manager by selecting new task and typing in cmd.
In it, type taskkill /f /im explorer.exe and hit enter. Everything in the background of the command prompt will close down. Fear not!
3. Just type explorer.exe without quotations and hit enter to restart the explorer.
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4. Doing this will accomplish the same thing as earlier, but in a cool way. But screw being cool, if the above method does not seem to help in fixing the Windows 10 taskbar frozen or unresponsive issue, try the next way.
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Method 2: Run the SFC to Repair the Taskbar
1. First of all, press CTRL+Shift+ESC to open Task Manager.
2. Navigate to File>>Run new task. Type “explorer” in the pop-up box & hit OK.
3. In there, navigate to C:\Windows\System32 path. It is where we will find the command prompt exe file. So, scroll down to the System32 folder and find the cmd.exe file. Right-click on the cmd.exe file. Choose the Run as administrator option and click Yes when prompted by the Windows User Account Control.
4. In the command prompt, type this command sfc /scannow and hit enter.
5. This command will scan through all the files and drivers that are critical for the system’s regular performance and look for errors. In case it finds that any file is not as it should have been, it will replace the existing software with a cached version of it from a previous backup. You just need to enter that command and patiently wait till the verification is 100% complete.
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After this is done, just reboot your system and see if the taskbar is working now. If it still doesn’t seem to be working regularly, try the next method on your Windows 10 system.
Method 3: Use DISM Image Management
DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. It is useful in fixing the corrupted drivers and other software modules, just like the sfc command. Here is how you execute it:
1. Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth line in your Command Prompt window and press Enter to run it. Just as before, wait until the operation 100% complete.
2. After this, once again reboot your system. Then, try to work with the taskbar and see if it usually responds. If this method is of no benefit to you, move on to the next one.
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Method 4: Enable User Manager
Occasionally, when the User Manager gets disabled, it can also result in a frozen Windows taskbar. So, re-enabling the User Manager is likely to unfreeze the unresponsive or frozen taskbar. Here is how you can do it.
1. Go to the Task Manager again by pressing CTRL+Alt+ESC and click on the Run new task option.
2. In the new task text box, type “services.msc” into the box and press Enter.
3. Next, double-click on the User Manager and then, select the Automatic option from Startup type.
4. Click OK in the dialog box, and then restart your PC.
5. It will automatically enable all user control as soon as the system has been booted up and the explorer.exe launcher has begun its execution in memory. But if you are unlucky enough not to have this method work on you either, try the last one down below. Cross your fingers while you are at it, mate!
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Method 5: Create a New User Account
I am pretty sure you might have thought about doing this if you know how awesome windows 10 is with its operation. You never know what works and what doesn’t! But anyway, this seems to have worked for a bunch of people, so you should give it a try.
1. Open cmd using the same method as we discussed earlier.
2. In the terminal, type this command net user /add [username] [password] and then press the Enter button. Here’s an example of what it should look like:
3. After that, type new localgroup administrators [username] /add and press Enter. For example:
4. Switch to this new account and test if the taskbar freezing issue has solved.
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Most of the time, it miraculously works out. That’s about it, folks! One of these 5 methods will surely fix the Windows 10 taskbar frozen issue. If not, then you should update or restart your Windows OS. However, if you’re facing the Windows Update 0x80070422 error or the Windows Update Not Working Error, then you can find the fix in the link as well.
Keep your system updated and yourself hydrated. Cheers!
Gravit Sinha is the founder of ValidEdge. Ever since he was a kid, he has been a problem fixer and that passion is what inspired him to start and grow this website! 🙂