How To Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Frozen Issue

Windows 10 is currently the most widely used operating system in the world today. First released in 2015, it has since then undergone several updates with new features being added. What makes this the preferred choice among computer users is its ease of use, security, as well as overall compatibility with the various popular software. Although this is a solid performing operating system there are instances when certain issues can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the windows 10 taskbar frozen issue.

Windows 10 taskbar is freezing

The taskbar is usually located at the bottom of the screen which allows you to locate and launch apps or view any program that is currently running. Sometimes, you will experience the taskbar being unresponsive. When this occurs here’s what you will need to do.

Method 1: Restart Windows Explorer to fix Windows 10 taskbar frozen problem

The first thing you will need to do in this case is to restart Windows Explorer as this usually fixes the problem especially if it is caused by a minor glitch.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

Restart Windows Explorer

  1. Right click on the Start button.

    This is located on the lower left side of the screen.Windows 10 Taskbar Frozen

  2. Click on Task Manager.

    This will open the Task Manager window.Windows 10 Task Manager

  3. Click on More details.

    This is located on the lower left side of the Task Manager window.Task Manager more details

  4. Click on the Processes menu.

    This is usually the first tab on top of the Task Manager window.Windows 10 taskbar is freezing

  5. Right click on the Windows Explorer process then click restart.

    This will restart the process.Restart Windows Explorer

Method 2: Run an SFC scan

The System File Checker scans critical system files and verifies their versions. If this utility finds any files that have the wrong versions or are corrupted then it replaces them with the correct, verified ones.

  • Type “cmd” without the quotation marks on the search bar.
  • Click on run as administrator on the Command Prompt app that appears.
  • Type “Sfc /scannow” without the quotation marks on the Command Prompt window then press the enter key.
  • Wait for the process to finish and once done restart your computer.

Method 3: Enable the User Manager

The User Manager provides the runtime components required for multi-user interaction. If this service is stopped then it could cause the taskbar to freeze.

  • Type “services.msc” without the quotation marks in the search bar.
  • Click on the Services app that appears.
  • Search for and double click on User Manager to open its properties window.
  • Set the startup type to Automatic.
  • Click on Stop then Start to refresh the process.
  • Click on Apply the OK to save any changes that you made.

After performing the troubleshooting steps listed above you will successfully fix the Windows 10 taskbar frozen issue.

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