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Windows 11 taskbar and Start is missing

Windows 11 Start and taskbar unresponsive is a sudden problem. Microsoft is trying to find reasons and fixes. If you want to solve the issue right now, you can just try the methods mentioned in this MiniTool post.

Windows 11 Taskbar Keeping Looping and Missing

Issue Description

Today, Windows 11 Insider preview builds updates (build 22449 and build 22000.176) in the Dev and Beta Channel have a big bug that crashes Windows 11 taskbar and Start, influencing many users: Windows 11 taskbar is missing after booting up. To be specific, the taskbar is blank. If you click it, it begins looping. When you click other areas on the desktop, it has no response. You even can’t open a file or folder from the desktop. You can’t use a keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app. Windows 11 update crashes Taskbar, Start, the desktop, and other operation areas.

Microsoft Receives Reports and Is Working on It

Many users have reported this issue. Microsoft has received the feedback and post a Twitter about this bug:

We’re investigating reports across our Dev & Beta Channels that Start and Taskbar are unresponsive and Settings and other areas of the OS won't load. We appreciate your patience as we investigate. Please Stay tuned for more details.

Windows Insider Twitter

If your Windows 11 taskbar and Start menu stop working, it is difficulty to continue your work. For those who are troubled by this issue, they want to find solutions to fix it right now. We also encounter this issue now. In this case, you can’t solve the issue with a simple computer restart. But we find methods to fix it. Now, we show these methods in this post. You can also have a try.

Solution 1: Use CMD

No matter you are running Windows build 22000.176 or build 22449, you can follow these steps to solve the issue. This fix is offered by Microsoft.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del at the same time and then select Task Manager.

2. Click More details at the bottom of Task Manager.

3. Go to File > Run new task.

4. Type cmd and press Enter to open Command Prompt.

open cmd using Task Manager

5. Type the following command to Command Prompt and press Enter.

reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0

6. Your computer will reboot. After that, Windows 11 can run normally.

Here is a trick to copy the command to Command Prompt:

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.

2. Click More details.

3. Go to File > Run new task.

4. Type MSEDGE and press Enter to open Microsoft Edge browser. Then, you can go to this post to copy the command. Then, you can paste it to Command Prompt.

Solution 2: Change Date & Time, and Turn off Time Sync

When your Windows 11 taskbar and Start menu not working due to a Windows 11 update, you can also change the date and time on your computer to make everything go back to normal. At the same time, you should disable time sync.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open Task Manager.

2. Click More details at the bottom of Task Manager.

3. Go to File > Run new task.

4. Type control.exe and press Enter to open Control Panel.

use Task Manager to open Control Panel

5. Click Date and Time.

6. Under Date and Time, click Change date and time.

7. Select a date later like September 4, or 5, or 6 as your wish.

8. Click OK.

change date

9. Switch to Internet Time.

10. Click Change Settings.

11. Uncheck Synchronize with an Internet time server.

12.Click OK.

turn off date sync

13. Click OK.

14. Click the taskbar. Your computer should go back to normal. If not, you can restart your device to have a try.

Solution 3: Perform a System Restore

If you have created a system restore point, you can perform a system restore to make the taskbar and Start menu go back to a normal state.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Esc to open Task Manager.

2. Click More details at the bottom of Task Manager.

3. Go to File > Run new task.

4. Type control.exe and press Enter to open Control Panel.

5. Click Recovery.

6. Click Open System Restore.

7. If your needed system restore point is selected by default, you can directly click Next to continue. If not, you need to select Choose a different restore point and click Next to choose your needed one.

select your needed system restore point to restore

8. Follow the on-screen guide to finish the system restore process. The whole process takes a while. You should wait patiently.

9. After that, you need to restart your computer. Then, your Windows 11 computer can work normally.

Solution 4: Roll back to Windows 10

Perhaps, you think Windows 11 has so many issues and bugs. You want to downgrade to Windows 10. Yes, you can do this. Windows 11 will be officially released on October 5, 2021. You can choose to install the official Windows 11 at that time.

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Windows 11 taskbar and Start keeps missing and looping after a Windows 11 update in September 2 or September 3, 2021? Just try the methods mentioned in this post to help you out. Should you have other issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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