Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working

By Mikeepower
Jan 17, 2016
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  1. Hey guys,

    Basically, my Windows 10 button, Cortana and everything to the right side of my taskbar aren't working. They're showing up on the taskbar but when I click on them nothing happens. For example, if I try to click on the Windows button on the bottom left to bring up my menu, nothing comes up. Right click still works and I'm trying to find a fix. I was going to reset my PC but keep my files, however it would've uninstalled all of my programs, even my MSI & NVIDIA programs and I didn't want to have to reinstall my drivers again. I then tried going back to Windows 7 and it said that I might have to reinstall some programs again, not a list just literally "You may have to install some programs again." I don't want to revert and lose all my stuff. If there's a fix for it that doesn't involve resetting my PC or reverting back to Windows 7 I would appreciate it if you could tell me, but if I have to reset my PC or revert to Windows 7 will it uninstall all my programs? I also have a Windows 7 Disk so if I were to use that would that also wipe all my programs? I want to find a fix but with all my stuff left intact.

  2. Mikeepower

    Mikeepower TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I tried a system restore point from about 9 hours before it started messing up but I get the error

    "System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.

    System Restore failed while restoring the directory from the restore point.
    Source: AppxStaging
    Destination: %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps
    An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070005)"

    I would use a different restore point but the others are:

    17/01/2016 09:35:40 | Restore Operation | Undo
    (This was way after the problem started happening)
    16/01/16 10:36:07 | Windows Modules Installer | Install
    (This is the one I tried doing but kept getting the error)
    11/01/16 16:34:49 | MSI(R) Intel(R) Extreme Tuning Utility | Install
    (I might try this one soon, only problem is it is a point from practically a week ago)

    Taskbar's still not working...
  3. Mikeepower

    Mikeepower TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I did the system restore point from the 11th and it works fine now :D
    Cobalt006 likes this.
  4. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,213   +200

    I had a similar situation and it was because my netbook was in Tablet Mode - see Settings then System. I was panicking and even thought I might have to do a reinstall. Sorted in seconds.
    Mikeepower likes this.

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