The Taskbar bombs out: Any way to relaunch it?


rasmasyean

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I'm new to Windows 11.

This happened during my first Windows Update, where the Taskbar bombs out, goes blank, you can't launch anything, etc. During that time, an "Update needs restart" icon appeared and I could restart it because it needed to anyway.

This happened again during normal operation. Anyone experience this? How do you get out of it and restore the Taskbar besides the power button?

Thanks.
 

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Create a new shortcut on your desktop and copy this into the Target field:

Code:
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & start explorer.exe
 

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    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
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    Me Myself and I
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    Intel® Core™ i7-12700F
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    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5
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    EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
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    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
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    Antec Dark Phantom DP502 FLUX
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    Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black + 7 Phantek T-30's
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    Logitech MK 320
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    Razer Basilisk V3
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    Intel Core i7-11700F
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    Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus WiFi
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    64 GB DDR4
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    EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra Gaming
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    Corsair HX750
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    Cougar MX330-G Window
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    Hyper 212 EVO
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps
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    Firefox
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    Windows Security
Some people had this issue back in Windows 10 and it popped up again last Oct. in one of the insider builds for 11 and Microsoft issued a registry work around for it at that time. However, I would hesitate to use the workaround because one would think MS would have resolved that issue by now. I would first make sure that both your Intel onboard and Geforce drivers are updated. Updates for both were released in May.


You can also follow this guide that the folks over at thewindowsclub made when the issue was happening in Windows 10.
Taskbar icons are invisible, blank or missing in Windows 10
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3007
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
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    Logitech wireless
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Good point @glasskuter. I actually have not needed to use for quite some time.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Me Myself and I
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-12700F
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
    Sound Card
    RealTek on-board 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 1TB NVMe (boot)
    SK hynix P41 500GB NVMe (Win 10)
    SK hynix P41 2TB NVMe (x3)
    PSU
    Corsair RM850x Shift
    Case
    Antec Dark Phantom DP502 FLUX
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black + 7 Phantek T-30's
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 320
    Mouse
    Razer Basilisk V3
    Internet Speed
    350Mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Winows Security
    Other Info
    Windows 10 22H2 19045.4046
    On System One
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Me Myself and I
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700F
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus WiFi
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra Gaming
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung F27T350
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    Samsung 870 EVO 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair HX750
    Case
    Cougar MX330-G Window
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
In the mean time, another way to do it is start Task Manger. Under processes scroll down and find Windows Explorer, right click choose Restart.
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Me Myself and I
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-12700F
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
    Sound Card
    RealTek on-board 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 1TB NVMe (boot)
    SK hynix P41 500GB NVMe (Win 10)
    SK hynix P41 2TB NVMe (x3)
    PSU
    Corsair RM850x Shift
    Case
    Antec Dark Phantom DP502 FLUX
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black + 7 Phantek T-30's
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 320
    Mouse
    Razer Basilisk V3
    Internet Speed
    350Mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Winows Security
    Other Info
    Windows 10 22H2 19045.4046
    On System One
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Me Myself and I
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700F
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus WiFi
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra Gaming
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung F27T350
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    Samsung 870 EVO 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair HX750
    Case
    Cougar MX330-G Window
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
@Scott idea is a good one as well, at least until you get the problem resolved. I have that same shortcut on my desktop for emergencies.

If you are unable to get to your desktop, your can also restart explorer from task manager. Enter Ctrl+Alt+Del. Select task manager.
Click the “Processes” tab in the Task Manager. If you don’t see it, click “More Details” at the bottom of the window to reveal more options.
Find 'Windows Explorer" RIGHT click on it and select restart.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3007
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

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