Windows 11 began rolling out to eligible PCs on October 5, 2021, but fans weren't as excited about Microsoft's lead product as Windows 11 looks unfinished. It's such a mess that Windows 11's taskbar, one of the highlight features of the new operating system, is broken for some users.
In some cases, the new taskbar won't even appear because the old Windows 10 taskbar remains. In addition, if you get stuck with the old taskbar, the Start menu will also stop responding.
So what's going on here? Let's take a look.
What Causes Windows 11's Taskbar to Disappear?
According to users on the Reddit and Microsoft community forums, the Windows 11 system tray does not appear when you update your computer using Microsoft's installation wizard for Windows 11. After the update is complete, the left-aligned taskbar of Windows 10 remains and the start menu freezes.
Image source: Mastermind1703 / Reddit
In short, if you've upgraded to Windows 11 using Microsoft's installation wizard, you might be stuck with the old system tray and an unresponsive Start menu. Fortunately, the solution is pretty simple.
How to Fix Windows 11 Broken Taskbar
Before we move on to the actual fixes, it is important to understand that these are not official fixes. In other words, they work for the majority, but not for everyone.
For the first solution, all you have to do is delete installed updates and restart your PC. To do this, go to settings > Windows Update > View update history > Uninstall updates. Uninstall the latest cumulative update (KB5005635) from the list that appears.
Then restart the computer and the Windows 11 taskbar will appear. Reinstall the deleted updates by going to. walk settings > Windows Update and check for available updates.
The second fix is to create a new local administrator account on Windows and log in with it.
To create a local administrator account, press Profit + r and type netplwiz. Click on Add to and follow the instructions to add a local administrator account.
After adding a local administrator account, log out of your PC and log back in with the local administrator account. If requested, give Windows permissions to collect data such as location information.
Then add your Microsoft account to this new local administrator account. You have your system tray back.
Finally, copy your data from the old account to the new account and delete the old user account to complete the process.
The final solution is to do a clean install of Windows 11. You can do this by downloading a Windows 11 image (ISO file) from Microsoft's website and installing it on your computer using a Windows bootable USB drive.
A clean install can go a long way in resolving many common Windows-related issues. So, if you are looking to upgrade to Windows 11 and losing your data is not a problem, a fresh installation is the best way to go.
Microsoft is going to spruce up Windows 11 … but it will take time
Windows 11 got off to a bumpy start. From poor game performance to software glitches like the taskbar disappearing, Microsoft has many problems to fix. Even after fixing all of these bugs, Microsoft still has features to add. For example, the promised support for Android apps is still not there.
As such, it will take a while for Windows 11 to be at its best. And honestly, we should give Microsoft all the time it takes to perfect it. After all, Windows 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular desktop operating system. So a lot depends on Microsoft fixing it asap.
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or typing on Windows, he's either playing video games or dreaming of traveling.
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