Windows 11 upgrade may result some issues. Today, we will talk about start menu not working or loading. In some cases, there is no start menu or taskbar on the desktop. If you are facing this problem, you come to the right place. Let us talk about the following 9 ways to fix Windows 11 taskbar and start menu not working or showing up.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Restarting Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer is an important component for browsing and managing files on PC. Besides, it can control taskbar and start menu. So, restarting Windows Explorer may solve the taskbar and start menu issues.
1 Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys and then choose Task Manager.
2 Select Windows Explorer under the Processes tab in the Task Manager window.
3 Hit the Restart button.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Restarting PC
If the first method is not working for you, you can try to fix it by restarting your PC.
1 Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
2 Click on power icon and then hit on Restart. Check to see if the taskbar and Start menu issue is fixed after your PC boots.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Checking for Updates
Sometimes, the taskbar and start menu issues are caused by the Windows 11 system, but Microsoft will regularly release updates which may solve the problem. So you can try to check if your Windows 11 is the latest version.
1 Open the Settings app and go to Windows Update.
2 Click on Check for updates button on the right side.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Using Command Prompt
If above three methods are not working for you, you are recommended to fix taskbar and start menu issues by using command prompt.
1 Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys
2 Click on the Task Manager option.
3 Click on More details>File>Run new task.
4 Type cmd in the text box and then click on the OK button to launch the Command Prompt.
5 Copy and paste the following command in the Command Prompt and press.
reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0
After that, your PC will restart. Check if the Taskbar and Start Menu Issues are fixed.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Desyncing the Clock
1 Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del>Task Manager.
2 Click on the More details to expand it. Click on File tab>Run new task.
3 Next, type Control in the text box>OK.
4 Click on the Date and Time option on Control Panel window to open a window on your screen.
5 Click on the Internet Time tab>Change settings button.
6 Next, uncheck the checkbox Synchronize with an Internet time server and click on OK button.
7 Then, click on the Date and Time tab>Change date and time button.
8 Select a date ahead of the current date by 3-4 days and hit the OK button to apply the date.
9 Finally, click on the Start Menu>power>Restart to restart your PC.
Note: if your taskbar is still not working or showing up, press the Alt+F4 keys to launch the Shutdown window on your computer. And then restart your PC.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Disabling Antivirus
Sometimes, some third-party antivirus programs may interfere the Windows process. So, the taskbar and start menu issues can be fixed by disabling them.
If the issues are fixed by disabling your antivirus, you are recommended to change another antivirus to use.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues bySigning in with Local Administrator Account
1 Press Windows Key + I>Accounts tab>Your info option.
2 Click on Sign in with a local account instead Under Account settings.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Restoring Windows
1 Press Windows key+S and search for restore to select Create a restore point option.
2 Click on System Restore under System Protection.
3 Choose the Recommended option to restore.
Note: If you want to choose a restore point manually, choose the second option.
Fix Taskbar and Start Menu Issues by Resetting PC
If all methods mentioned above are not working for you, resetting PC may be your last choice.
1 Open the Settings app and locate the System > Recovery.
2 Click on Reset PC under Recovery options.